Mine employees reach out to needy

2015-08-05 06:00
A FEW of the Age in Action elderly members surrounded by children and Kolomela Mine employees and contractors. 


A FEW of the Age in Action elderly members surrounded by children and Kolomela Mine employees and contractors. Photo: Supplied

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KUMBA IRON ORE, a business unit of Anglo American, has a strong focus on employee volunteerism.

As a company the mine promises to make every effort to encourage its employees to participate in social investment projects and give back to the community.

This participation was shown when more than 20 Kolomela Mine employees and contractors contributed 67 minutes of their time to help those in need and upgraded the Age-in-Action Centre in Boichoko, Postmasburg.

There was a maze of activities and happy faces looking on as they started cleaning the yard, painting the building, attending to its electrical and plumbing systems and handing out blankets.

According to a press release from Nikki Wetzlar, the atmosphere was certainly that of a fun-filled family day for all, as even children joined the crowd.

“We encourage our employees to give back to the community in their own capacity.

“This way we will keep Mandela’s legacy of being a true humanitarian alive for years to come,” said George Benjamin, the Kolomela Mine’s public affairs manager.

The Postmasburg branch of Age-in-Action is a satellite of the Northern Cape provincial office.

Previously known as the South African Council for the Aged, it is a community-based, non-profit organisation providing vital services for elderly people who are needy, frail and vulnerable.

These services include a wide range of care, support, training, arts and craft activities and capacity building programmes to encourage them to remain active members of society.

The Boichoko Age-in-Action Centre also runs a daily feeding scheme, feeding up to 150 children from the community each day.

Wetzlar further stated that positive change began with small actions as Kumba continued to encourage its employees to take action and live out its company values of care and respect through social responsibility activities.

“We challenge our community to make every day a Mandela Day and keep his legacy alive.”

She further quoted Nelson Mandela by saying: “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”

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