Johannesburg, South Africa (22 March 2021) – In an effort to support the local healthcare system, South African Breweries (SAB) has sponsored medical supplies worth R25 million to the Gauteng government.
This critical helping hand will assist in replenishing the medical supplies which have been depleted due to COVID-19 peak demand and guarding against a potential resurgence of the virus in the province. The equipment includes inventory that will assist healthcare professionals with surgery and for general use in COVID-19 wards.
The equipment was officially handed over on 19 March 2021, at a ceremony hosted at the War Room, Nerve Centre in Ormonde: Johannesburg and officially received by the Gauteng MEC for Health, Nomathemba Mokgethi.
Regional Corporate Affairs Director Kgosi Mgotsi says, “Our government is putting in every effort to protect the nation against COVID-19, and as SAB, we have a long-standing partnership with the province, which began from the onset of the pandemic. This is a continuation of this partnership and supporting communities at their time of need. In early 2020, the demand for alcohol-based sanitiser sky-rocketed and SAB quickly adapted its operations to address the shortage of hand sanitiser by using its operations to produce a sanitiser containing 80% alcohol, which is exactly what the healthcare sector was in dire need of.