28 May 2020 – Mining giant Glencore in South Africa donated over R23 million in funding, goods, as well as services to communities across the country in response to some of the societal needs that have risen during the lockdown period.
The contribution is a joint effort between Glencore South Africa’s two major businesses, Coal South Africa and Ferroalloys who adapted their existing social investment programmes to address the changing social needs of communities due to COVID-19.
Funding has been contributed to various initiatives which include; the provision of screening and testing in communities, the supply of water tanks in water scarce communities, access to e-Learning programmes to support learners while schools remain closed, mass fabric mask production and distribution, supply of food aid, mass distribution of sanitizers and infrared thermometers, mobile toilets and the roll out of Wi-Fi hotspots to name a few. In addition to this, Glencore has also made provision of hospital equipment such as extra beds and protective personal equipment for health workers in order to assist local hospitals and clinics to be able to provide adequate healthcare to those who are affected by the pandemic.
“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.” said Glencore Ferroalloys CEO, Japie Fullard.