handrails, workplaces and transport vehicles, Since the start of the pandemic we have been including the installation of UV lights to disinfect engaging with the local hospitals and the areas within the mine. Department of Health on a regular basis to • A ll our employees have been provided with understand their challenges during this difficult appropriate PPE and cloth masks. period and to understand how best we can • R egular Visible Felt Leadership to focus on support them and thank them for the work they Covid-19 in addition to Safety, Health and are doing for all of us. Environmental performance. We have donated medical supplies and • A 24-hour call centre (on a toll-free number) for equipment to hospitals and clinics in collaboration employees to call if they are displaying any with the Department of Health. In addition, the Covid-19 symptoms or require any other rele- Limpopo MEC of Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, vant information. recently unveiled the Venetia Mine PCR Covid-19 • Introduction of the WeCare programme for Testing Laboratory in Musina. This laboratory will be employees, their direct dependants and a utilised to test the mine’s employees, contractors community support programme through the and all the associated contacts. Limpopo Department of Health. We are also in discussions with the Department • Established and manage quarantine and isolation of Health to make the laboratory available for the facilities in the town of Musina. testing of community members through the local hospitals. The laboratory will play a vital role in Have you been able to get enough masks and the diagnostic testing process of Covid-19 and is other protective gear? expected to analyse at least 80 tests per day with a Key to the CRP is supporting our host communities 24-hour turnout time for results. and suppliers. We are very proud that through our In addition to this, we have established enterprise and supplier development programmes, quarantine and isolation facilities for positive we have been able to support a number of cases and contacts and are providing them with businesses. All our masks are manufactured locally continuous healthcare support. by Dithebele Clothing, a company based in Bochum, a community in the Blouberg Municipality. The company is one of many that has enjoyed good local sales and is successfully acquiring clients since it started participating in our Enterprise and Supplier Development programmes. In addition, we have identified and approached a few other local suppliers manufacturing goodquality masks to supply to some of the schools we are supporting through our CRP. Is the mine providing support in terms of clinics and local hospitals? Venetia Mine recognises the significant role of the hospitals Villagers in Simpson Village, Blouberg, with a water tank provided by the and clinics in our communities. De Beers water project.
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