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Orion Engineered Carbons and NMBBC support the fight against COVID-19 in Nelson Mandela Bay at this time of dire need

2020-06-25

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Business Chamber Silver Partner, Orion Engineered Carbons, donates blankets and medical masks to Bay Covid-19 Isolation Facility.

Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC), a global manufacturer of carbon black, is a silver partner of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber (NMBBC).   In line with OEC’s sustainability goals, which consider its communities, the environment as well as the economy, a sponsorship of 320 winter blankets and 5 000 medical masks have been made to the Covid-19 Isolation Facility located at the Nelson Mandela Bay(NMB) Stadium. The facility is managed by the Nelson Mandela Bay COVID-19 Disaster Management Forum.

Shane Brown, Head of Nelson Mandela Bay Covid-19 Disaster Management Forum and Director of the Joint Operations Centre says "Covid-19 is a reality that is hitting every sector of society including business. Industries are not isolated from the communities they draw skills from, and for OEC to answer the call and step up is commendable. The provision of PPE at the Isolation centre will go a long way in assisting our patients in that facility, the staff that provides care and the operational team in making sure that we continue to operate in a safe and enabling environment. We thank OEC as well as the Business Chamber for facilitating the support".

Roland Loganathan, Managing Director of OEC and Skhumbuzo Mzoboshe, EHS Manager had the pleasure to join Prince Matonsi, Operations Director NMBBC to hand over the donation at the satellite hospital at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Loganathan highlighted that the donation will reach out to protect the front-line health care workers with PPE and at the same time provide warmth to the many patients, especially during this cold winter season. “It is important that the private and public sectors work in unison to minimise the impact on our surrounding communities. We are indeed delighted to partner with the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber to make a donation at this dire time of need. In addition, the OEC global leadership team extends their well wishes and a message of hope to all South Africans as we rally together against the COVID-19 pandemic” said Loganathan.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO, Nomkhita Mona said that since the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa, the Business Chamber sprung up to action and set up a coordinated business fraternity response towards the efforts to avert a potential humanitarian crisis in the region. 

“This donation by OEC is proof that the company is aligned to the values of the Business Chamber of being a business with a conscience.  We highly appreciate this generous gesture as Loganathan told us that they could not just stand by and not lend a hand. This adds more towards the other donations made by various Business Chamber member companies in the fight against the pandemic.”

The donation was received by Mpho Mokonyama, NMB Stadium Manager, who remarked that “as the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, we strongly believe that it is vital that public and private stakeholders work together in the fight against COVID 19 and continuously encourage other private entities to donate to South Africa's battle against the pandemic. As a facility, we will continue to fulfil our commitment to promote safety and supporting communities. OEC's donation will aid in giving relief and comfort, where it is needed the most.”

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