In December 2018, Eskom officially handed over three projects valued at more than R1,7 million to Witpoort Hospital, SANTA Care Witpoort and Thabo Mbeki Crèche, as part of Medupi Power Station Project’s corporate social investment initiatives in Lephalale and its surrounding communities.
The investment was for the provision of three park homes, waiting benches for patients, office and visitor chairs, filling cupboards, educational furniture and learning material, blankets as well as water and electricity supply. The sole purpose of this donation was to create a conducive learning environment for the kindergarten at the crèche and a much-needed caring environment for the vulnerable and orphaned children including the needy people at the drop-in centre as well as the patients and staff at the hospital.
The beneficiaries are Witpoort Hospital that renders services to the rural communities falling under the traditional houses of Seleka, Shongoane, and Mokuruanyane in Lephalale; SANTA Care Witpoort, that provides care and support to about 110 vulnerable and orphaned children as well as home-based care to about 205 people with health care needs, and Thabo Mbeki Crèche, that renders childhood development services to 40 children. These beneficiaries used to render these crucial services in circumstances that were unbearable and unhealthy for the needy people and children.
These three projects created business opportunities for four small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and job opportunities for at least 10 local people.
“It is these simple acts of service to the needy people and children in our communities that makes Sinobuntu a reality for Eskom. We applaud the men and women sacrificing their time to care for the needy and sickly community members as well as vulnerable and orphaned children in their community,” said Mr Chose Choeu, Eskom’s Divisional Executive (Corporate Affairs) delivering the donors’ remarks during the handover event.
Dr Phophi Ramathuba, MEC of Health, gave the donation appreciation remarks. “Eskom’s donation is extremely appreciated as it will surely make a difference in rendering service to the patients who were using dilapidated chairs or seating on the floor before receiving service. This donation will indeed improve service delivery to our people,” she said.
In giving the keynote address, the MEC of Social Development Ms Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana said: “We acknowledge that Eskom has the interest of the community at heart. The children have a better place to learn and be taken care of to ensure their development and betterment. We cannot thank you enough in empowering our children.”
Eskom Medupi is grateful for the support received from the Department of Health, Department of Social Development, and Lephalale Local Municipality, which makes it easy for Eskom to do these deeds. Further acknowledge the contractors who dared to partner with Eskom for the improvement of the lives and communities in and around the project, proclaimed the (acting) Project Director, Ms Zandi Shange.
The local mayor, Cllr Jack Maeko, was full of gratitude for the donations in his vote of thanks. “We pride ourselves on companies like Eskom Medupi who take such initiatives to empower their communities,” he said.
Eskom continues to be responsive to the immediate socio-economic needs of the communities in and around the project.