South Africa is considered as having the largest and most prominent HIV epidemic globally, with an estimate of 7.52 million people living with HIV in 2018. Accounting for a third of all new HIV contaminations in Southern Africa, HIV/AIDS is a notable affliction in our country.
The absence of education, poor nourishment and insufficient health care, linked with prevalent resources scarcity, makes people susceptible to HIV/AIDS. In an attempt to reduce this prevalence in the Greater Tubatse- Burgersfort area, Ubank partnered with People Against the Spread of Aids and Starvation (PASAS).
“Heeding to the crucial need of this local non-profit organisation, ran by 20 care-givers who dedicated themselves to look after the sick and the needy, suffering from HIV/AIDS and helping to provide health-care services to the community was an easy, yet community life-changing decision we made”, said Ubank Acting General Manager: Retail Banking Services, George Tlhapi.
Our partnership started small with the erection of basic sanitation facility done through our branch in Burgersfort, which preceded us in handing over a newly constructed building a Community Centre for the Greater Tubatse residents. “With a basic stipend from Government and lobbying organisation to assist where possible, this group of women are a force to reckon with…willing to put the needs of their community first; it is something that greatly resonates with Ubank”, says Tlhapi.
“This will instil a sense of pride in me and my co-workers, it will give us a sense of self-worth as we will be able to consult community members comfortably and perform our duties in a proper office infrastructure”, says Head of PASSA, Mrs. Mama Maile.
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Instilling a sense of pride is an emotion also felt by the learners and parents of the Mafadi Academy- Burgersfort, who through Ubank corporate social investment have had the pleasure of acquiring 3 additional classrooms and Extramarks Smart boards which enabled the school to improve its learner enrolment from 127 learners in 2013 to 270 in 2019.
“The classrooms constructed by Ubank has had a strong positive impact on teaching and learning at the school. Before the construction of the classrooms, some learners were housed in makeshift, apportioned classrooms. This was perceived negatively by prospective parents and were uncomfortable with the possibility of their children taught in these temporary structures. We highly appreciate Ubank’s contribution in making it possible for the school to grow its enrolment.” said Mafadi Academy Principal, Mr. S Ngwenya.
Making a difference and instilling a positive impact in our youth’s life is key to building a strong nation, as Chris Hani once said “We need to create the pathways to give hope to our youth that they can have the opportunity through education and hard work to escape the trap of poverty”. It is our believe at Ubank that every bit counts; nurturing, empowering and educating our communities, especially our youths will put us countless steps ahead towards a stronger nation, said Tlhapi.
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