Mine donates to hospital

2018-04-18 06:01
Some of the items donated to the Tshwaragano District Hospital in Batlharos by the United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) mine. Photo: Supplied

Some of the items donated to the Tshwaragano District Hospital in Batlharos by the United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) mine. Photo: Supplied

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Being a good corporate citizen is not a recommendation but rather a prerequisite in order to remain a responsible, competitive and profitable company.

This is according to Tribe Bhengu, the general mine manager of the United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) mine.

Bhengu was speaking at an occasion to mark the official handover of necessities such as blankets, mattresses, wheelchairs, urns and fridges to the Tshwaragano District Hospital in Batlharos on Wednesday (11/04).

Responding to reports that admitted patients at the hospital had to bring their own blankets in winter, Bhengu said forging relations with the public sector will ensure that communities benefit from the existence of his mine in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District.

UMK is reported to currently being involved in the education and skills development sector and intends to make invaluable contributions in the health space.

UMK prides itself, through a media statement, in the esta­blishment of the Joe Morolong Training Centre in Mothibistad before the production at the mine commenced.

The centre offers training in fitting and turning, boiler-ma­king (plating), and electrical and construction skills.

To date, UMK has invested in excess of R5 million at the centre, excluding operating costs.

Meanwhile, the MEC for Health in the Northern Cape, Fufe Makatong, has urged other mining houses to do their due diligence and play their role in the socio-economic development of the areas they operate in.

Makatong, who received the necessities on behalf of the hospital, made a special plea to the mine to assist as a matter of urgency with the surgical ward at Tshwaragano.

“If we have to turn around the healthcare services in this province, we need to invest a bit more on clinical skills,” she said.

She urged the municipality to remember the serious challenges the healthcare sector is faced with, when they engage the mining houses on their corporate social investments and their social and labour plans.

The MEC thanked the mine for their gesture and encouraged other mines to come to the party and empower the communities through their socio-economic projects.

Speaking on behalf of the community, the chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditio­nal Leaders, Kgosi Pelonomi Toto, urged members of the community to appreciate that which the mining houses assist with.

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