It is commonplace for celebrations to feature children, and leading industrial gas company Air Products South Africa strengthened its relationship with Community Chest in Port Elizabeth by hosting 20 children at its recent launch.
The learners from Seyisi Primary School in Kwazakhele greeted stakeholders attending the unveiling of Air Products South Africa’s R300-million air separation unit (ASU) in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) with traditional songs and dances.
As part of its overall corporate social investment (CSI) drive, Air Products distributes funds over the year, to be spent on community projects within the regions in which the company operates. Believing strongly that the future of the country is dependent on the healthy development of children, Air Products places a special emphasis on youth-focused educational and developmental initiatives.
Seyisi Primary School was one of the three beneficiaries linked to Air Products in the Eastern Cape via the Community Chest. Earlier this year Mngcunube Primary School in KwaNobuhle near Uitenhage received tables, chairs and carpets; Nomathamsanqa Primary School in Despatch benefited from kitchen utensils for the feeding scheme; and Seyisi received a sick bed for its first aid room.
Air Products’ recently-launched state-of-the art facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone has brought security of industrial gas supply to Eastern Cape industry for the first time, and strengthens the region’s supporting infrastructure for further industrial investment.
The Community Chest, a fundraising organisation that effectively distributes resources to support development initiatives in vulnerable communities within Nelson Mandela Bay, has established an ongoing partnership with Air Products.