Sun International Donates Medical Equipmenton August 16, 2010
Medical Equipment Handover in Alexandra
Sun International is, once again, privileged to be in the position of being able to donate medical equipment to Alexandra township clinics. The group’s corporate social investment strategy, as always, remains focused in the areas of health and welfare, education and community development.
The Sun International Community Development Trust was formed to enhance initiatives at operational level and provide impetus to sustainable development in the areas around which our business operates.
Azia Nxumalo, Sun International’s Group Manager for Transformation and Change says: “It is our commitment to good corporate citizenship and the responsible management of our obligations to all sectors of society. We are absolutely committed to uplifting and developing our surrounding communities and the Alexander Township clinics are one such vehicle, where the importance of improving lives is of huge relevance to Sun International. Our aim is to empower the community by engaging with various stakeholders and in this instance, the Department of Health, which is committed to tackling the growing and various socio-economic challenges that Alexander Township faces.”
A Holistic Approach to Sustainability
As a group, Sun International believes that long term value will be obtained by adopting a holistic approach to sustainability in which all our stakeholders, including the communities we serve, play a role. And, the philosophies which govern our approach as reflected in the focus areas in which we are involved. In this respect, the Sun International Social Community Development Trust has approved an amount of half a million Rand for the purchase of much needed medical equipment for 9 clinics based in the Alexandra Township. The beneficiaries of this project are 100% black, which also includes Sun International employees, members who reside in Alexandra and the initiative has the full backing of the Department of Health.
The handover of the medical equipment took place in a township populated by over 750,000 people where high levels of unemployment, a huge disease burden and general unhygienic conditions exist. The medical equipment being handed over is Dina Maps (9) – used to measure blood pressure, ENT sets (18) – used to gauge ear, nose and throat related ailments and HB Meters Heamacures (18) which is used to assess the haemoglobin blood levels. All this equipment, basic though it may sound, will greatly assist with quick diagnoses in overcrowded clinics – managing the spread of chronic diseases in the township.
Mr. Vusi Mazibuko, Head of Health: City of Joburg Department of Health Region E is absolutely delighted with the generous donation and appreciatively says: “We thank Sun International for such a wonderful and generous donation. This will go a long way in improving the health care services that we offer to the poorest of the poor communities of Alexandra. WOLA SUN INTERNATIONAL!”
Mazibuko goes on to say: “This donation comes after a successful World Cup Soccer tournament and continues the legacy of ‘flying-the-flag-high’ by care and support of those in our society who are less privileged. It is, further, an endorsement of the recently launched LEAD SOUTH AFRICA campaign.”
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