Nedbank has partnered with the Departments of Health and Education in North West to provide essential health services to learners through the Nedbank Mobile Clinic.
More than R3 million has been invested towards the bus, which provides optometry, dental and basic health services. The bus was launched at Khuma Primary School in Khuma, Stilfontein and will move across the province for the next six months. It will then travel to another province to assist disadvantaged children in South Africa.
Kone Gugushe, Divisional Executive for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nedbank says, Most rural and township children travel long distances to access healthcare services. We found it fitting to bring health services closer to them, because we firmly believe that the wellbeing of our children is inseparable from their success in life.
As a caring bank which is highly involved in the communities we serve, Nedbank applies a whole school Fundisa Programme that seeks to provide holistic support to learners and schools while contributing to the National Development Plan, added Gugushe.
Said North West MEC of Health, Dr. Magome Masike: I am overjoyed to be part of the launch of the Nedbank Mobile Clinic, because it depicts a nation united in partnership for a common purpose of improving the living conditions of our people. I am even more overjoyed because this partnership recognises the value of the health of our people and there is no price for human life.
It is for this reason that I commend the effort that Nedbank is making. With this noble gesture, Nedbank has responded to our call to strengthen partnerships between government, civil society and business to build sustainable communities.
In 2011 and 2012, the bank supported Regency Foundation Networxs "HIV&ME" programme to reach grade 8 and 9 learners and teachers in no less than 10 schools in the North West and Limpopo provinces.
The programme empowered both learners and teachers on the prevention and management of HIV and AIDS through scientific knowledge, enabling them to make informed choices about their health and sexual behaviour.
Article courtesy SA Good News