Mining company Glencore is donating more than R23m in funding, goods and services to assist communities across South Africa that have been knocked by the lockdown.
Glencore’s two big businesses, Coal South Africa and Ferroalloys, have adapted their existing social investment initiatives to help address the pandemic.
Many of Glencore’s operations are based in remote areas where there is limited public healthcare systems. The company has been working closely with local municipalities and government departments to identify key needs in each community and provide the most effective response.
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“As our host communities continue to deal with challenges raised by this pandemic, and true to our ethos of progressing together, it remains our priority to assist with initiatives that truly make a difference to their lives,” says Glencore Coal CEO Murray Houston.
Funding has been contributed to a variety of initiatives, among them screening and testing in communities, supplying water tanks in water-scarce communities, access to e-Learning programmes to support pupils, mass fabric mask production and distribution, food aid, mass distribution of sanitisers and infrared thermometers, mobile toilets and the roll-out of Wi-Fi hotspots.
We are very proud of the efforts we have carried out so far and over the next few months we will continue to roll out more initiatives together with our partners to help our communities through this pandemicGlencore Coal CEO Murray Houston
Glencore has also donated hospital equipment such as extra beds and protective personal equipment (PPE) for health workers.
Glencore Ferroalloys CEO Japie Fullard says. “The Covid-19 pandemic has affected South Africans from all walks of life, and we have made major commitments to help boost government’s efforts and ease the pressure felt by citizens during this tough period.
“Now more than ever our communities need access to necessities such as clean water, hygiene products and medical equipment to protect them from infection, and we will continue to do our part to provide these amenities where possible.”
Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies, and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities.
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