08 Jun COENG steps up to support North West community
Johannesburg, 8 June 2020. It is well understood that the government’s regulations put in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus has far-reaching implications for the country’s economy, and the livelihoods of many South Africans. With varied directives having been issued since a state of emergency was declared in March 2020, these regulations have amongst others restricted normal economic activity, thereby resulting in a shortage of income for many communities.
The Moses Kotane Local Municipality is no exception, and saw its income streams affected by the socio-economic impact of the lockdown. Additionally, located near Sun City Resort and Pilanesburg Game Reserve, the decreased tourism activity has also impacted the local economy, leaving residents desperate for necessities. When offered the opportunity to assist in providing relief to this community, COENG Consulting and Construction Engineers agreed, welcoming the chance to play its part in aiding South Africans during this unprecedented time.
COENG has worked closely with Wesizwe Platinum Limited, the operators of Bakubung Platinum Mine, for several years. In support of the mine’s surrounding community, Wesizwe appealed to its internal and external stakeholders to contribute to its Host Community COVID 19 Relief Project, one of them being COENG CEO Casian Dendere. “We were in the fortunate position to contribute R50 000 towards this initiative and are glad we can play a part in providing resources to this valued community,” comments Dendere.
According to Wesizwe CEO, Zhimin Li, the relief fund will be used for the much-needed support within the host community, and the rollout of the intervention carries the support and collaboration of the Moses Kotane Local Municipality and the Department of Social Development in the North West province. “The relief fund will assist in the procurement of food parcels aligned to Government specifications, as well as COVID 19 prevention material such as masks and related items,” says Li.
“South Africa is certainly facing new challenges, and we understand that our new reality is one where we must all stretch to do what we can to ensure we can pull through this challenging time. We encourage other local businesses to do what they can to relieve the economic distress of those within their reach,” concludes Dendere.