As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen has partnered with the Gift of the Givers to provide food relief and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the community neighbouring the Engen Depot in Klerksdorp.
Adhering to strict social distancing and all health and safety protocols, distribution took place at Ward 18 where staggered groups of 25 community members were first temperature checked and provided with hand sanitiser before receiving their food hampers and masks.
Stepping in to help, Engen and Gift of the Givers distributed 250 pre-packed food hampers and 250 PPE masks and two JoJo tanks to the grateful community who said that whilst the national lockdown was flattening the curve, hunger was currently their greatest concern.
Engen’s Managing Director and CEO, Yusa’ Hassan says Engen’s caring spirit drives it to step up and take proactive steps to assist vulnerable community members in these challenging times.
“We truly care for those impacted by the pandemic and we hope to bring some relief to our depot neighbours in need during the national lockdown, which has had a severe impact on many vulnerable households in the Rustenberg area,” says Hassan.
Ever mindful of its role as an agent of positive change, Engen continues to focus on supporting organisations like the Gift of the Givers and FoodForward SA in assisting vulnerable communities.
As such, Engen’s contribution to the fight against COVID-19 and the impact of the national lockdown has included a number of targeted investments.
Fuel to the value of R1 million was given to FoodForward SA to power their food aid delivery vehicles in their quest to expand their distribution of nutritious food to our country’s most vulnerable people.
In July, Engen and the Gift of the Givers donated three large JoJo tanks as well as face masks and food relief parcels to 200 families in the Mooiplaas area of Kwa-Makazi in the Eastern Cape.
Over June and July, Engen partnered with the Gift of the Givers to provide food relief to the South Durban community, distributing 1 000 food hampers. Furthermore, Engen donated R2.5m to the Gift of the Givers for fuel and medical testing equipment
R1 million worth of Engen fuel was directed to the Department of Health to power the emergency response vehicles of South Africa’s brave frontline health workers.
Over lockdown Engen also launched a campaign to support the fight against COVID-19 by educating local communities on safety measures to curb the spread of the virus. This was achieved by branding 35 spaza shops across the country with educational murals to convey important messages on personal safety.
In Gauteng, Engen fuel retailers brought some hope and relief to the people of Diepsloot by distributing food hampers and basic supplies (including blankets) to over 6 000 residents. A further 1 100 food hampers were distributed to residents in Alexandra and Tembisa.
“While we know it will take much more to alleviate the stress that many of our neighbours are facing, we hope our contribution will make a small difference to each person who receives the comfort of a helping hand as a result of our efforts,” adds Hassan.