Give tanks! Water, masks, and food for 200 families
15 July 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202019691
ENGEN and Gift of the Givers have joined hands to bring much needed assistance to the Mooiplaas community in Kwa-Makazi in the Eastern Cape.
Situated 20km outside of East London, the community has had no access to clean water for many months, with the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown intensifying their need for clean running water.
Stepping in to help, Engen and Africa’s largest humanitarian disaster relief organisation, Gift of the Givers, have donated three large JoJo tanks as well as face masks and food relief parcels to 200 families.
“Given the challenging social context of the Mooiplaas community, Engen is firmly committed to investing in sustainable development initiatives that offer tangible value to the communities in which we operate,” said Managing Director and CEO, Yusa’ Hassan.
He added that despite the easing of the lockdown restrictions, many South Africans remain in dire need of help. With this in mind, the company donated fuel to the value of R1 million to FoodForward SA to help power its food aid delivery vehicles.
In early June, Engen partnered with the Gift of the Givers to provide food relief to the South Durban community, distributing 1 000 food hampers.
R2.5 million of fuel and medical testing equipment was passed to the Gift of the Givers to boost their humanitarian relief work, and R1 million worth of fuel was directed to the Department of Health to power the emergency response vehicles of frontline health workers.
Recently, Engen launched a campaign to support the fight against COVID-19 by educating local communities on safety measures to curb the spread of the virus. This was achieved by branding 35 spaza shops across the country with educational murals to convey important messages on personal safety.
In Gauteng, Engen fuel retailers brought some hope and relief to the people of Diepsloot by distributing food hampers and basic supplies (including blankets) to over 6 000 residents. A further 1 100 food hampers were distributed to residents in Alexandra and Tembisa.
“We are deeply moved by those severely impacted by COVID-19 and the national lockdown restrictions and we hope our contributions make a small difference to each person who receives the comfort of a helping hand as a result of our efforts,” Hassan said.