The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by Ernie and Liezl Els a few years after discovering that their son, Ben, was impacted by the disorder, which affects 1 in 59 individuals.
Els for Autism aims to provide families across the globe with best practice interventions and support. In early January 2011, Ernie and Liezl Els embarked on a goal to create a service that would allow families of children on the spectrum in South Africa with free access to effective treatment.
“Being associated with Els for Autism has been a great privilege and has proved to be an enriching experience for all of us who have been involved”, explained Corné Strydom, Sales & Marketing Executive for AutoX.
Els for Autism South Africa provides families of children on the autism spectrum with comprehensive training on how to use best practices in education and autism practices to teach their child. It recognises that every parent and family member plays an important role in helping their child reach his or her fullest potential, empowering caregivers by educating those in the lower-resourced autism communities throughout South Africa.
“Recently we had the honour of handing over a further donation to Nico van Rensburg and Inga Mdlatu from Els for Autism to assist with the development of a vocational centre,” continued Corné Strydom. “This year, Els for Autism has been focusing on empowering learners entering the vocational centre and is currently running a pilot offering a weekly soft skills training programme for a group of young adults on the autism spectrum. AutoX’s contribution provides impetus to this programme which concentrates on professionalism, self-advocacy, communication, and other soft skills relating to success in any workplace.”
Over the years, AutoX has realised immeasurable human value from the various initiatives it has supported. It has built strong relationships with various foundations and organisations and remains passionate about its involvement in the lives of individuals, communities, and organisations it supports.
AutoX’s places a high value on its own employees and strives to be considered an employer of choice by living its values and providing ongoing employee development initiatives at all levels. By investing in its employees, AutoX has developed high-performing employees capable of meeting current and future business requirements. Through skills development and CSl initiatives, it plays a significant role in contributing to transformation within communities, especially in the Eastern Cape where there are high levels of poverty and unemployment.
On a broader level, AutoX has built strong working relationships with South African universities and sponsors postgraduate students to conduct research, the ﬁndings of which are made available to the public. Several local patents, designs and algorithms have been produced that have set an international benchmark in the industry.
AutoX has had some proud moments over the years, with its achievements recognised through several prestigious industry awards. It continuously raises the bar for itself and is always humbled when receiving these awards, it being indicative that it is doing something right in the eyes of its stakeholders.
AutoX is a leading South African automotive lead acid battery manufacturer, supplying local and selected African and European markets with our well-known battery brands. We are also the official distributor of VARTA in South Africa and other selected African countries
Serving both the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket replacement market sectors, AutoX provides a wide range of batteries including automotive car and truck batteries, industrial batteries, as well as motorcycle and leisure batteries.
We are proud to supply some of the major OEMs and more than 3 000 automotive replacement retail outlets across South Africa and selected African countries.