Giving back to the community is an ongoing priority for Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), a NAACAM member. When SRSA came across the story of Amancamakazana Primary in the St Chads district of Ezakheni, which has not had running water for the last five years, SRSA stepped in to assist. The school is located 15 kilometres from SRSA’s Ladysmith plant, and caters for nearly 2000 learners.
With the assistance of the borehole specialist team from Gift of the Givers, SRSA were given the green light to drill for a borehole at the school. After much drilling and subsequent testing, safe drinking water is now reaching all the taps, bathrooms and administration offices of the school. The water pipes have also been extended with taps installed to supply any overflow water to the adjoining community. This means improved sanitation, health and a more conducive learning environment for the learners – something SRSA is passionate about is delivering for the Ladysmith community under the Education pillar of SRSA’s CSI strategy.
SATMC Managing Executive Ndu Chala said he was impressed with the contribution of SRSA. “Congratulations to Sumitomo Rubber South Africa on this initiative. NAACAM and the SATMC support this contribution towards the development of communities and education in South Africa,” he said.