Carte Blanche's South 32 to the rescue

Carte Blanche 2016 fM-Net’s “Carte Blanche” is known for exposing others in the community, all over SA, the world at large, and it is time they are exposed as well for what they responsible for.

In partnership with Diversified metals and mining company South32, the current affairs’ programme “Making the difference Trust” launched in Aug 2008) has been involved in healthcare facilities setup in the country. On April 6th, South32 donated approximately R4,854m through the Carte Blanche “Making a Difference Trust” to help build the newly opened state of the art Paediatric High Care/ ICU Children’s Ward at Sebokeng Hospital, South of Johannesburg.

This High Care Unit will not only foster dignity, reduce infant mortality, and reduce patient infection, which is a challenge in health care facilities, but also be the first High Care unit in the Sedibeng district. 

It, being the ninth health care initiative that has seen them raise well over a R100million in funds, previous facilities to many children who require urgent emergency care has been donated to the Kimberley Hospital, Durban’s King Edward Hospital, and Tygerberg Children’s Hospital as well. These were prior to the Demerger from BHP Billiton, the company has long been involved in other healthcare facilities in partnership with Carte Blanche’s “Making the difference Trust”.

Thanking all involved in the programme, George Mazarakis, Executive Producer and Chair of the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust, went on to explain how throughout the years, the Trust and South 32 have partnered to raise over R120 million in cash, and over R320 million in kind for nine hospitals nationwide, which now includes the Sebokeng site.

Mazarakis, who officially opened the ward with the hospitall’s CEO, explained how “the Trust began out of tragedy”, and how the loss of one child with cancer spearheaded what is now a project that is on its ninth hospital. “All the work we have done before and previous efforts have resulted to this position we are at,” he said probing South 32 to “shout whenever you need our help”.

The Paediatric Ward will reduce the load on Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and offer emergency critical care for children under the age of six years. South32 Vice President Corporate Affairs Africa region Lulu Letlape said, “We are a business that lives by our values of ‘care, trust, togetherness and excellence’.”  

“We work to create shared value, that is, economic value while also making a positive contribution to the quality of life of the communities, regions and countries in which we operate,” she said. 

This High Care Unit will not only foster dignity, reduce infant mortality, and reduce patient infection, which is a challenge in health care facilities, but also be the first High Care unit in the Sedibeng district. 

“The innovative treatments and modern services that this Unit and its staff will provide, will improve children’s lives. While this Unit has state-of-the-art medical technology, the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians and other staff who will work here are equally important to that health care experience,” she said. By Mandla Motau

South32 hands over Children’s Ward at Sebokeng 

Diversified metals and mining company South32 today officially handed over a Children’s Ward at Sebokeng Hospital, south of Johannesburg. 

The hospital is situated in the Sebokeng township where the majority of South32’s Metalloys smelter employees reside. It is a regional hospital servicing Sedibeng and Ekhuruleni municipalities as well as some parts of Sasolberg in the Free State province. 

South32 donated approximately R4,854m through the Carte Blanche “Making a Difference Trust” to help build the state of the art Paediatric High Care/ ICU Ward.

George Mazarakis, Executive Producer and Chair of the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust, went on to explain how throughout the years, the Trust and South 32 have partnered to raise over R120 million in cash, and over R320 million in kind for nine hospitals nationwide, which now includes the Sebokeng site.

Mazarakis, who officially opened the ward with the hospitall’s CEO, explained how “the Trust began out of tragedy”, and how the loss of one child with cancer spearheaded what is now a project that is on its ninth hospital.

The Paediatric Ward will reduce the load on Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and offer emergency critical care for children under the age of six years. South32 Vice President Corporate Affairs Africa region Lulu Letlape said, “We are a business that lives by our values of Care, Trust, Togetherness and Excellence.  

“We work to create shared value, that is, economic value while also making a positive contribution to the quality of life of the communities, regions and countries in which we operate,” she said. 

South32 understands that the problems of healthcare that face this country are bigger and complex to be solved by government and local communities only. Let alone NGOs, business and international aid agencies.  

“But it is only Together, with a shared vision of the preciousness and dignity of each person in this world, can we meet these challenges. The business sector has emerged as a key player and needs to accept responsibility and work in collaboration with these stakeholders to address social issues,” said Letlape. 

This High Care Unit will not only foster dignity, reduce infant mortality, and reduce patient infection, which is a challenge in health care facilities but also be the first High Care unit in the Sedibeng district.   “The innovative treatments and modern services that this Unit and its staff will provide, will improve children’s’ lives. While this Unit has state-of-the-art medical technology, the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians and other staff who will work here are equally important to that health care experience,” she said.