Heineken SA donates over R1m to healthcare and communities affected by the pandemic

Heineken South Africa has donated PPE and food hampers worth over R1m to the Gauteng Department of Health and local communities.

Heineken SA donates over R1m to healthcare and communities affected by the pandemic

In keeping with many other industry players, Heineken South Africa has donated over R1m worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and food hampers to the Gauteng Department of Health as well as local communities and healthcare heroes.

The PPE, valued at over R1m, includes masks, gloves and medical-grade disinfectants.

Who will benefit from the donation?

It will be distributed to various hospitals for healthcare workers working on the frontline. Some of the PPE is destined for the newly erected field hospital at Nasrec Exhibition Centre — an isolation and quarantine facility for patients in anticipation of increasing infections.

Additional to the protective equipment, Heineken also donated refreshments for hospital kitchens including tea, coffee, rusks and energy bars to sustain the hospital staff on duty.

Just over 100 families living in MidVaal, Orlando East, Alexandra townships and a homeless shelter in Roodepoort benefited from the food donation.

Heineken worked with local community organisations, including Lethabo Feeding Scheme, Reabetswe Community Care Service and Dorah’s Ark. Groceries were delivered to one of its customers, Disoufeng Pub & Restaurant in Soweto that is currently running a soup kitchen twice a week for its community.

Heineken gives back

Millicent Maroga, Corporate Affairs Director, Heineken South Africa says, “As Heineken South Africa we strongly believe in showcasing our global ethos of ‘Brewing a Better World’ through actions. Through the two significant donations, we are fulfilling our commitment to ‘Promote health and safety’, and ‘Growing with and supporting communities’, especially in the areas in which we operate. We hope the donations give relief and comfort where it is most needed.”

Globally, Heineken donated close to R300m to support the Red Cross with its relief efforts for the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Source : The South African More   

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Sharks delighted to hang onto RWC stars Am and Mapimpi

The Sharks organisation have expressed their delight at hanging onto Rugby World Cup heroes Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi.

The global rugby shutdown has made the future of the game in South Africa uncertain, and many high-profile players have left recently in a bid to secure their future financially.

Sharks retain stars

SA Rugby initiated a 21-day contract exit window in late April to allow players to seek alternative deals in a bid to mitigate the financial impact of the suspension of play.

This left South African franchises and unions scrambling to protect their prize assets from overseas talent raids.

The Sharks have seen Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen depart in a deal agreed before the Super Rugby season kicked off, but crucially the men from Durban have retained key men, Am and Mapimpi.

Am was named skipper of the Sharks earlier this season leading the franchise to the top of the Super Rugby table before the season was called off. 

Mapimpi had shown the same great form that saw him lead the try-scoring for the Springboks at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Am and Mapimpi combined to craft the Springboks first-ever try in a Rugby World Cup final.

Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee said they had not sought to put pressure on players to stay given the circumstances but were delighted with the commitment of the pair who are close friends on top of being Bok teammates.

The culture of the Sharks keeping players in Durban

The Sharks boss gave credit to coach Sean Everitt for building a culture and environment that players were eager to be involved in since taking charge.

“This has been quite an emotional and difficult time. What we said to the players is that one way or another they’d be doing nothing wrong,” Coetzee told SA Rugby Mag on Friday. 

“It was not like they asked for it [the escape clause], but it was an option given to them, and then it was up to them as individuals on how to handle it.

“I think they have dealt with it really well, and it was done on a platform of respect. I think it speaks volumes for the culture we’ve established, and how [coach] Sean [Everitt] has been able to get the team really close.”

Doing something right

The Sharks have also retained the services of Curwin Bosch, Thomas du Toit, JJ van der Merscht, Ruben van Heerden and as yet uncapped Aphelele Fassi.

“It shows the players’ confidence in what we’re doing,’ Coetzee went on to say. 

“It’s backing up what we’re putting in place and shows that players can trust us. We’re pretty relieved, but also just very happy that no one else is heading out the door.

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