PetroSA ANNOUNCES R41 MILLION DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES FOR SOUTHERN CAPE
MOSSEL BAY, 19 May 2016 – PetroSA, South Africa’s National Oil Company, has announced a ground-breaking social investment initiative that will see R41 million committed to development projects in the Southern Cape.
The first to benefit will be the Siyanithanda Centre for Children Living with Disability, which PetroSA has constructed for R8,5million.
The centre today (19 May 2016) officially opened its doors to service 62 learners. Located at KwaNonqaba township in Mossel Bay, the Centre is one of only two in the Southern Cape region offering a curriculum and rehabilitation services to children living with a profound physical and/or severe mental disability. The centre was previously housed in a dilapidated building.
It is staffed by eight educators and rehabilitation professionals. The centre is a state-of-the-art 450 square metre facility that boasts classroom space, hall, consultation rooms, office space (reception, office and other administrative facilities), sick bays, kitchen area, internal and external play areas, and a secured parking and drop off zones. It is built on land donated by the Mossel Bay Municipality.
The donation is part of PetroSA’s dynamic Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, which supports countrywide initiatives to develop impoverished communities, the empowerment of women and assists in the construction of health, education and environmental sustainability infrastructure. Over the last 10 years PetroSA has invested R348million towards these initiatives. Of this amount, R210million has been invested on initiatives in Mossel Bay or the greater Southern Cape area.
Mapula Modipa, PetroSA’s Acting Group CEO, said the construction of the Siyanithanda Centre was part of a concerted effort to invest in the development of infrastructure in the Mossel Bay and greater Southern Cape region. PetroSA has budgeted R32, 5million for the building of clinics, community centres, early childhood centres and other critical infrastructure during the 2016/17 financial year. The combined budget for development initiatives in the Southern Cape is an accumulated R40million for the current financial year and is a consolidation of social investments that PetroSA has over the years committed to undertake.
“Despite the financial challenges we are currently facing, we knew and accepted that we cannot shy from our responsibility of assisting to develop our host community of Mossel Bay. For instance, we insisted that during the construction phase, the appointed company to build the centre had to source labour from KwaNonqaba. They recruited 84% of their employees locally,” said Ms Modipa.
Pastor Liyanda Maki, the founder and current manager of the Siyanithanda Centre, has warmly welcomed the PetroSA donation, and described it as the triumph of perseverance and hard work.
“We have no words to express our deepest appreciation for what PetroSA has created. For many years we operated out of a run-down building. This contribution has created a new environment and our learners are already referring to the new building as a college. This also shows that when you work hard, there is a benefit at the end,” said Pastor Maki.
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