GA-MANYAKA-Marula Platinum Mine has established the Community Covid-19 Workstream, in partnership with Makgomo Chrome, to address the challenges presented by the global pandemic. The Community Covid-19 Workstream meetings, which were attended by representatives from Marula Platinum Mine, the local Magoshi and community structures as well as local Ward Councillors, were focused on ways to minimise the spread of the pandemic in local communities and relief measures to alleviate the impact of Covid-19 on community members.
“Never has it been more important for us to pull together to fight the devastating health, social and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Mogale Mashilane, Executive, Marula Operations. “I am proud to say that we have acted swiftly to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are stepping up to support our communities in this time of need.”
The Community Covid-19 Workstream has identified several key areas where support is urgently needed and has procured alcohol based-hand sanitisers and three-layer face masks from three local enterprises to be donated between 3 August 2020 and 14 August 2020 to 5 000 families living within the host communities. A much-needed water supply will also be provided to the households to supplement their current source of water in the coming weeks.
In addition, Marula Platinum Mine will be enlisting the help of an NGO to distribute 4 000 food parcels to vulnerable families in its host communities during August.
Since the government-imposed lockdown in March this year, Marula Platinum Mine has been hard at work to ensure that its host communities are equipped to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. To build awareness about the disease, the mine put up posters in public spaces such as Tribal Offices, spaza shops and taxi ranks. Thermal scanners, hand sanitisers, surgical protective masks, disposable gloves and eye protection goggles were donated to three local clinics while a local community radio station, law enforcement officers, Tribal councils and primary and secondary schools in the Four Farms communities received masks and hand sanitisers from the mine. In addition, 7 700 Covid-19 booklets were donated to the 13 primary schools within the mine’s host communities.
Marula Community Chrome, which is a 50% shareholder in Makgomo Chrome, also donated 6 000 food parcels to needy families in the Tribal Offices in April 2020.
“We know that the pandemic is going to be with us for a long time and we are seeing first-hand its destructive impact on our communities,” says Mogale. “We are in this together and Marula is committed to doing all it can to support the efforts of government and the initiatives of the Community Covid-19 Workstream.”
Delivery or distribution schedules have been displayed within the host communities and shared with the Covid-19 distribution team that has been established.