The charity arm of Sandock Austral Shipyards, the Durban based shipbuilding company, SAS Cares, has rolled up its sleeves and have become part of the solution to rebuilding the city and KwaZulu-Natal in the wake of the devastating mass looting that rocked South Africa.
After days of riots and looting that engulfed parts of the city, the team at SAS Cares took to the streets, brooms in hand, as part of the growing #RebuildSA and #CleanUpDurban campaign.On July 18, 2021 - Mandela Day - SAS Cares joined forces with Durban Global Shapers to clean up the city that was left in a mess by the looting.
Marcina Majid, the Executive Head of SAS Cares said as a company that is in business for the greater good, it was only natural for them to join efforts to rebuild and clean up the city.
"Durban is our home, it's the city that nurtures our family and friends. It was an automatic reflex for SAS Cares to mobilise efforts to participate in the cleanup efforts in Durban," Majid said. "It is our ethos that we are in business for the greater good of humanity and it's through these trying times, that our actions will prove this. Our beautiful city has been through an unimaginable trauma this past week and our team are extending ourselves as far as we possibly can to aid families that do not have bare essentials or food through our feeding schemes and cleanup efforts around the city. It is imperative that we collaborate and unify with all members of society to build up our Durban again so we can kick start our economy and get families back on their feet."
Mandela Day was not a once-off for SAS and plans are at an advanced stage to continue in the efforts of rebuilding the city. Before the looting broke out, SAS Cares had developed a multi-pronged plan to assist struggling families and communities that had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The COVID-19 pandemic, which has come with the devastating loss of life, exposed the fragility of our health systems and aggravated food insecurity for many communities," Majid added. "As South Africans, we can be proud of our history, fearless culture of solidarity, and coming together to overcome seemingly impossible challenges in the past. Sandock Austral Shipyards challenges the people of South Africa to practice the meaning of ubuntu and tackle food insecurity by working together in our communities. When we come together, we can achieve the impossible."
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