Eskom reaches out

2016-01-20 06:00
FROM the left are Whitey Jacobs (DPE), Christine Bahumi, principal of the Kagisho Day-Care Centre, and Motlhabane Ramashi of Eskom.  Photo: Supplied

FROM the left are Whitey Jacobs (DPE), Christine Bahumi, principal of the Kagisho Day-Care Centre, and Motlhabane Ramashi of Eskom. Photo: Supplied

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SMILES were put on the faces of many members of the community in Ritchie when the Eskom Development Foundation handed over donations to the Ratanang Victims Support Centre and Kagisho Day-Care Centre for Disabled Children.

According to a statement from Adri Strydom, communication manager of Eskom for the Free State and Northern Cape, the donation to the Ratanang Victims Support Centre valued at R23 602 was for the purchase of bed accessories, toys, office equipment and furniture.

To the Kagisho Day-Care Centre for Disabled Children the donation value was R22 673 for the installation of a jungle gym, three sitter swings and spider equipment.

Both donations were handed over on Friday, 11 December, by Motlhabane Ramashi, acting general manager in the Northern Cape Operating Unit, and Whitey Jacobs, head of the Department of Public Enterprise (DPE).

The donations were a way of proving its investment in the local community of Ritchie through the Eskom Development Foundation, Northern Cape, as it was identified as one of the poorest areas of the Northern Cape.

Strydom further elaborated that the gifts were a Christmas present from the Eskom staff members to the centres as a token of caring for the community they lived in.

“This enabled them to procure Christmas gifts for the Kagisho Day-Care Centre for Disabled Children to bring some light into the lives of one of the most marginalised groups of our South African community – children with disabilities,” she stated.

“Over and above the donations, Eskom is also providing bursaries for 17 children in Ritchie, which will assist in creating a brighter future for some of Ritchie’s children.”

Eskom revealed during an enquiry from Express Northern Cape last week that 15 candidates had already been shortlisted.

“It is planned that successful candidates will start their studies in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering in the second trimester. Eskom will assist them from N1 to N6,” stated Stefanie Jansen van Rensburg, public relations practitioner, Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (Prisa).

During the ceremony Ramashi said: “Eskom believes in sustainability. For this reason, this is our way of ploughing back into our communities and to ensure that we maintain our responsibility as corporate citizens.”

He emphasised that the children would have the opportunity to study at an FET college, thereby affecting the total community’s future of creating a more economically viable group of youths in Ritchie.

“We wish these young students well with their future.”

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