When the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe at the beginning of 2020, it highlighted the plight of many of the more vulnerable communities, especially those situated in the rural areas of our country and in our neighbouring communities. With this in mind Sappi Southern Africa stepped in and donated scarce and essential items to assist and provide some relief in these difficult times.
Thousands of litres of sanitiser, cloth and surgical masks, soap, porridge and Typek paper were some of the items that were procured and distributed to community clinics, health care centres, schools, creches, orphanages and other non-profit organisations in the rural and peri-urban areas of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
We understand that virus has not just taken its toll in terms of our country’s mortality rate, but that it has also deepened the levels of need that exists in our vulnerable communities. Whilst our contributions have been small in comparison, we would like to share with you some of these initiatives where we have been able to help.