BPM Covid-19 Relief Project Media Statement
18 June 2020
BAKUBUNG PLATINUM MINE LANDS A HELPING HAND BY OFFERING RELIEF TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST
As a responsible corporate citizen, Bakubung Platinum Mine (BPM) which is an anchor project of Wesizwe Platinum, hands over food parcels to members of the Ledig and Phatsima community in an effort to combat the socio-economic effects of the Covid-19 lockdown. The event took place on the 26th May 2020, at Bakubung Platinum Mine Information Centre.
Mr. Hamlet Morule, Corporate Affairs Executive at BPM explained the rationale behind the relief project, “The project was initiated by the Bakubung Platinum Mine in consultation with the Department of Social Development, Moses Kotane Local Municipality and the Bakubung Ba Ratheo Tribal Authority. The main purpose is to provide some relief to the needy community households within the Mining Community of the Bakubung Platinum Mine during these trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of food parcels coupled with few sanitary essentials. Monetary donations were made by the different business associates at BPM”
The event was attended by BPM CEO, Mr. Zhimin Li, BPM Executive General Manager, Jacob Mothomogolo, MEC for Social Development Ms. Boitumelo Moiloa, Kgosi Monnakgotla, and Mayor of MKLM, Mayor Diale, as well as other delegates from BPM and the community. Mr. Li, alluded that “although the company was not generating profit, it was important that they found a way to support and show commitment to its mining community. We have made R 500 000 available for the project. BPM also reached out to various companies that we conduct business with and the donations reached R 1 283 500.00, enabling us to reach 800 households”
Mr. Thapelo Thobokoe who represented the Moses Kotane Local Municipality said that they are pleased with the support shown by Bakubung Platinum Mine towards its host community. At times the municipality does not have the budget to assist everyone, and such partnerships come as a great relief to the municipality.
MEC for Social Development Ms. Boitumelo Moiloa, also thanked Bakubung Platinum Mine and its donors for the work done today. The quality of the food parcels will restore dignity to those homes that need it the most. The department of Social Development is currently under pressure due to job losses in the various sectors such as small businesses, and retail, that now need to be assisted by Social Development, therefore such events humble the department and bring the much needed relief nation-wide.
Kgosi Monnakgotla, added that he was also in great support of the initiative, and that he will be at great ease knowing that the community of Ledig and Phatsima is taken care of.
The delegation proceeded to hand over food parcels, and face masks to beneficiaries identified by the Department of Social Services. Beneficiaries were seen to be elated at the kind gesture afforded by Bakubung Platinum Mine. One of our values at BPM is to always exhibit Care, and it is only through commitment and mutual collaboration from the different service providers that we were able to make a difference in the lives of those who need the most at this uncertain times.
Entities that donated to this cause include:
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|6.||GREEN FORCE FUEL|
|10.||JOHANNES RANALA/STEFSTOCKS JV|
|16.||MwB MINING SERVICES|
Issued by: Bakubung Communications
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