On 6 May 2014 the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) focused its corporate social investment (CSI) lens on the Grogro Township, near Kragga Kamma in Port Elizabeth, after it handed over much needed wheelchairs to members of the impoverished community.
In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), the CDC identified a number of deserving recipients which received, among other items, five wheelchairs, blankets and school uniforms for 53 learners.
“We understand the complex challenges communities in our region face, particularly around basic needs. It is for this reason that our CSI programme seeks to address some of these challenges by targeted and meaningful interventions,” said Thandi Rayi, CDC CSI manager.
The CDC’s CSI programme has over the 2013/14 financial year focused its resources over a number of areas, spending in excess of R12-million on turnkey projects that include Coega’s Maths and Science, Driver Training Programmes and a bursary initiative.
“The CDC’s involvement with and ability to assist needy communities is commendable and a key reason government saw fit to establish state-owned entities,” added Thandi.
The CDC has been able to make strategic interventions that impact not only beneficiaries, but also their families and immediate communities and show a collective commitment to changing the lives of our people for the better.
“Coega’s partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on this initiative illustrates one of the many good stories we should continue telling about freedom and democracy,” said NMBM Mayoral Committee Chairperson: Economic Development and Planning, Councilor Babalwa Lobishe.
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