Gift of mobility touches hearts

2016-09-21 06:00
DURING the handover of the wheelchair were from the left Pascalis Rafutho, George Benjamin (Kolomela mine’s public affairs mana-ger), Jason Rafutho in the new wheelchair and Tebogo Modise.

DURING the handover of the wheelchair were from the left Pascalis Rafutho, George Benjamin (Kolomela mine’s public affairs mana-ger), Jason Rafutho in the new wheelchair and Tebogo Modise.

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JASON RAFUTHO from Postmasburg was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) at the age of six.

DMD is an X-linked recessive form of muscular dystrophy, affecting primarily boys.

On 7 September, World Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Day, Kolomela Mine donated an electric wheelchair to Jason.

A statement from Nikki Wetzlar of Anglo American stated the donation comes after the realisation that Rafutho’s previous wheelchair was not in good working condition, causing him a lot of inconvenience in moving around.

Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, also stated such initiatives were driven by its eagerness to listen to members of its community, work with them, and create a direct positive impact in their lives.

The mining company promised that the well-being of the youth in the Tsantsabane Municipal Area will remain one of Kolomela’s strategic focus areas.

Rafutho saw the donation as a blessing. He highlighted how the wheelchair donation will unlock more opportunities for him.

“I have no words for what I am feeling right now, I am excited to be properly mobile again. This means a lot to me. Now I can visit the library and my friends,” said Rafutho.

George Benjamin, public affairs manager at Kolomela Mine, has confirmed the mine’s commitment.

“Kolomela Mine’s investment in health and social support is also focussed on the well-being of our community and the mine has built a proud history of social investment in the Tsantsabane area,” said Benjamin.

“To receive an opportunity to help the youth through social support, and witness a positive transformation, is always emotionally rewarding and this makes us feel proud of the contribution.”

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