MERCEDES-BENZ SOUTH AFRICA DISTRIBUTES COVID-19 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) TO 15,000 LEARNERS IN THE EASTERN CAPE
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MERCEDES-BENZ SOUTH AFRICA DISTRIBUTES COVID-19 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) TO 15,000 LEARNERS IN THE EASTERN CAPE

Date: 23 Jun 2020 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Mercedes-Benz South Africa
Source: Mercedes-Benz South Africa
  • Mercedes-Benz South Africa continues to lend its support to communities in the fight against COVID-19.
  • Mercedes-Benz South Africa distributes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) beneficiaries located in the Eastern Cape.
  • 15, 000 learners in 24 schools to benefit from the distribution of COVID-19 essential items.
East London. Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s (MBSA) pledge to support vulnerable communities in the Eastern Cape in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the pandemic continues. On 22 June, at an event hosted at Wongalethu High School in Mdantsane, East London, MBSA handed over approximately 2,000 packs containing COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to learners in Grades 7 and 12.

Commenting on the handover, CEO of MBSA and Executive Director: Manufacturing, Andreas Engling said: “The manufacturing of hand sanitisers from our manufacturing plant and the procurement of essential items for the donation and distribution to our CSR beneficiary schools is yet another way in which MBSA is showing its continued support in the fight against the coronavirus. As MBSA, we believe in making a difference by focusing our socially responsive efforts in the communities in which we operate. The handover of the essentials PPE today is an extension of the company’s focus on education and its support for the wellbeing, health and safety of its communities.”

The essentials packs contain a supply of facemasks, 500ml bottle of hand sanitiser produced with great precision from the MBSA Paintshop, 100ml tubs of aqueous cream and COVID-19 educational material. The distribution is part of the handovers scheduled to take place from 22-25 June and will reach 15,000 learners in eight Rally to Read Primary Schools, 15 STEP schools (9 Primary and 6 High Schools) and 143 learners who attend the African Angels Independent School.

“As MBSA we continue to challenge ourselves to find ways to inhibit further contagion of COVID-19. As a responsible corporate citizen, we recognise the importance of supporting the communities in which Mercedes-Benz South Africa Communications, 7 Setters Way, East London Mercedes-Benz – A Daimler Brand we operate and will deploy our history of manufacturing excellence to safeguard the health and safety of the people of the Eastern Cape during this pandemic,” concluded Engling.

In May, following a declaration that the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is a COVID-19 hotspot, MBSA pledged its support to the Eastern Cape Provincial Government with the manufacturing and supply of 3D printed recyclable plastic face shields and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing aid devices, which are pending regulatory approval.
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