To mark Mandela Day 2022, the management and staff of Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) have reached out to support disadvantaged local communities in Wolwerivier and Radar bush.
The principle behind Mandela Day is that everyone has the ability to make a positive impact by doing something in their own way to change the world and the world of those around them. To do this, DSCT participated in the associated initiative “My 67 minutes” which encourages everyone to take 67 minutes – one minute for each year that Mandela fought for human rights and social justice – from his day to do something for someone else or for their community.
The DSCT has decided to spread its efforts over Mandela Day itself (July 18) and the following day in order to reach as many disadvantaged households as possible. The program was undertaken in partnership with TLC Outreach Projects, a non-profit social assistance organization based in Table View, and together they identified people in need of help.
Help came in the form of care kits including blankets, gloves and hats, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths and socks. The entire company mobilized to make a difference with approximately one hundred and fifty employees who participated in the assembly and distribution of parcels to more than 600 people.
It’s all part of DSCT’s community programs, which have been going on for some time as the company seeks opportunities to impact people’s lives. They do community development across the country throughout the year under the supervision of the Department of Transformation. As shipbuilding is a young industry in South Africa, it also raises awareness of what DSCT does and the opportunities it can provide.
“These two days have been very successful,” says Tebogo Skhosana, B-BBEE Transformation Manager. “Our efforts have been greatly appreciated by individuals and their communities. Actions like these give them hope and reassurance that they have not been forgotten and can look forward to a better future.
“Our community programs are an important part of who we are,” added Eva Moloi, HR and Transformation Manager at DSCT. “The majority of us who work at DSCT come from disadvantaged backgrounds and coming to work at Damen allows us to grow and explore new opportunities. These initiatives allow us to give something back.
Discussions are already underway to provide further assistance to Wolwerivier and Radar Bush.
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