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MTN commemorates Mandela Day with month-long charity drive

Following the successful staff-driven, month-long humanitarian drive called MTN 21 Days of Y’ello Care, MTN embarked on a nationwide social investment campaign to commemorate the late president, Nelson Mandela by handing over state of the art multi-media centres, office furniture, school shoes and bicycles to underprivileged schools and distressed areas.

In Limpopo, MTN partnered with the provincial Department of Education to hand over 100 bicycles and backpacks to the learners at Schools around the Waterberg and Sekhukhune Districts. While in Mpumalanga, MTN together with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, donated 50 bicycles and backpacks to schools in the area.

In Gauteng, MTN partnered with the Sedibeng District, Department of Education to donate pre-used office furniture and 25 bicycles to farm schools in Sedibeng West, while MTN teamed up with the Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, to donate 100 pairs of school shoes and 50 bicycles deserving learners.

In the Free State, MTN joined forces with the provincial Department of Education to hand over three multimedia centres at three schools and 402 school shoes to the learners at Samuel Sebego Paki Secondary School in Vredefort. In addition, a school in Khayelitsha received a multimedia centre preloaded with digitised curriculum content, complimentary Wi-Fi and learner packs.

“As a caring and socially responsible company, MTN always strives to use the transformative power of connectivity and its brand to make a positive impact on the lives of communities it touches. The campaigns that we have been undertaking across the length and breadth of the country, in partnership with government, demonstrates what can be achieved when all sectors of society work together to address socio-economic challenges” says Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi, General Manager: MTN SA Foundation.

“This month-long campaign cements the work that the MTN SA Foundation has been doing in the areas of education. We hope that these initiatives will help to open up new vistas for the learners and will also help to alleviate the plight of recipient communities, particularly during the winter season”, continues Mthunzi-Hairwadzi.

In addition to these interventions, MTN also partnered with the Port Elizabeth Red Cross Organization & Infantasia to donate toiletries towards the victims of fires in Kouga in the Eastern Cape. MTN employees also donated R67 for 67 minutes towards the Kouga relief fund.

“This year marks the 15th anniversary of the MTN SA Foundation. In the last 15 years MTN leveraged the transformative power of connectivity to facilitate access to education, basic healthcare and fostered entrepreneurship and self-reliance in the communities it operates in. Working with like-minded partners such as NGOs and government, MTN has successfully driven and implemented socio-economic interventions that have positively impacted on target communities,” concludes Mthunzi-Hairwadzi.

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