Multotec, through its Kathu-based branch in the Northern Cape, has again proved its commitment to local socio-economic development. A Kathu-based primary school, which educates approximaely 1 600 learners, had only five litres of sanitiser and no other personal protective equipment to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Added to this, the lead time for PPE supplies to be delivered by the Department of Education was expected to be around eight months.
Multotec, in keeping to its commitment of giving back to the communities, came to the rescue. The Group donated R30 000 worth of sanitiser, disinfectant, gloves and medical overalls to the school.
“Schools in our area are in massive need of community support to achieve the state of readiness conditions required for learners to return to school,” says Multotec Kathu Branch Manager Chris Koch. “The state of readiness is one where learners can be educated in a safe, virus-free environment.”
It wasn't only Multotec who stood up to help those in need. Major mining customers like Anglo American, Assmang and South 32 have assisted not only their own personnel but their contractors too. Essentials like thermometers, sanitisers and masks were supplied so these parties’ can continue being productive in safe environments.
“Technology played its role too, with many of the mines developing smartphone apps to ensure the effective dissemination of Covid-19 information,” Koch points out. The technology is available to their employees and their contractors, allowing each person to self-monitor on a daily basis. “This increases the speed at which screening is done and ensures access to the various mines is as smooth as possible,” he says. The technology has been developed in such a way that it also assists with tracing those who may have been in contact with a Covid-19-positive victim.
“Multotec has made this journey easier for us and removed a little stress in a time when stress levels were rising,” Koch concludes.