Mine reaches out to centre

2016-06-22 06:00
THE Kolomela Mine management team and employee representatives with the staff and children of the Lelebelang Centre for Disabilities.  Photo: Supplied

THE Kolomela Mine management team and employee representatives with the staff and children of the Lelebelang Centre for Disabilities. Photo: Supplied

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A CHEQUE to the value of R24 000 was given to the Lelebelang Centre for Disabilities in Newtown, Postmasburg, by the Kolomela Mine management team.

The money was collected during the charity drive that formed part of employee volunteerism, in which employees and contractors had been invited to participate.

According to a statement from Nikki Wetzlar of Anglo American, the centre has been in existence since 2010 and accommodates children with disabilities.

Elaborating on how the charity drive worked, she stated that the leadership of the team had challenged each other by collecting funds after which, based on the amount each member had collected, they would either have their hair shaved or sprayed.

This challenge was supported by employees and contractors through placing bets on the management member who most of them would either like to see bald or have their hair boldly coloured.

She added that through the partnerships of Kolomela employees and contractors, the company had created a common sense of purpose by investing in the communities.

The statement also reads that Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, knows that by working with its communities for a better tomorrow, it is creating a better future for both the children and the mine.

Thanking the practitioners for the continued patience and love they had shown towards the children, Aart van den Brink, general manager at the Kolomela Mine, urged the centre to use the funds to improve their facilities.

The staff was humbled and touched by the gesture, especially by the fact that the Kolomela Mine chose them as a beneficiary for the volunteerism initiative.

“I do not know whether to laugh or to cry, because the event taking place is so important. We started the school with almost nothing, but now we are in the process of registering with Social Services,” said the chairperson of the centre, Jenny Seboko.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude and thank the Kolomela management team for being the light on the mountain that provides the light to us all.”

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