Monday, November 30, 2020
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R16m boost for Gift of the Givers Eastern Cape initiative

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Leading producer of platinum group metals company, Implats has donated R16 million towards the Gift of the Givers Covid-19 Eastern Cape initiative. The non-profit organization receives an overwhelming number of calls for assistance from communities, indicating there is a great need.

Gift of the Givers has delivered over 300 000 food parcels during the Covid-19 lockdown, has supported more than 100 feeding centres and has delivered PPE to over 200 clinics and hospitals around the country.

Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman said the non-profit organisation was grateful for the donations. “Fortunately, this is South Africa, a nation with an undying Ubuntu spirit, inhabited by caring, compassionate individuals making decisions in their own capacity. We are deeply grateful for this contribution, entrusting us with an enormous responsibility,” said Sooliman.

The organisation is actively drilling rigs on the move already targeting Peddie, Fort Beaufort, Alice, Krommie and Cala.Lingcom Secondary in Graaff-Reinet and Willowmore have already received functional boreholes.

“New tanks have been fitted to our water tankers. The cost of mechanical repair has been covered and hours of distribution have been lengthened as we deliver 600 000 litres of clean drinking water per week. Additional water tankers will be most welcome,” said Sooliman.

He confirmed that the organisation was actively delivering food parcels to families in the Eastern Cape, with 10 000 parcels were being delivered in the Eastern Cape and they would be able to continually manage 22 soup kitchens.

“Our teams are on the move door-to-door already supplying these items, non-contact thermometers, pulse oximeters and scrubs. Bhisho Hospital has received 120 beds and mattresses, and High Flow Nasal Oxygen machines, while other hospitals are being earmarked for increased medical support,” concluded Sooliman.

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