Ubank, MIC and MDA Leading by Example

  • Post Date
    Tue May 19 2020

At Ubank we have always had the needs of the people as one of our top priorities. We are honoured to be amongst the many organisations, parties, and individuals that feel the same way we do and are actively helping to combat the negative impact COVID-19 has brought to our people.

Ubank, Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC) and Mineworkers Development Agency (MDA) and have joined forces and pledged two million Rands and two hundred thousand towards COVID-19 relief efforts. One million Rand has already been dedicated to the Solidarity Fund, while another million and two hundred thousand Rand has been dedicated to supporting current and former mineworkers and their families in the form of food aid.

As the adage says, “Real leaders lead by example”. This is indeed what Ubank, Mineworkers Investment Company and the Mineworkers Development Agency’s COVID-19 Food Aid Roll-out Programme will do. The food aid will be in a form of food vouchers and will go to the former mineworkers in the selected major labour sending areas in OR Tambo District, Greater Taung Municipalities and Matjhabeng Municipalities West and Free State.

As we finalise our plans to hand over the vouchers, I am reminded of a colleague who once said to me “bana ba motho ba kgaoganya tlhogo ya tsie”. A Setswana proverb that literally means “siblings share a head of a bee”. This has stuck in my mind for many years. The proverb simply talks about being able to share even the smallest things that we have, to as many people as possible – the true spirit of Ubuntu. We truly hope that these food vouchers will make a difference.

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Through the administration of the Mineworkers Development Agency, we have reached an agreement with Boxer Superstores and Shoprite to give food vouchers to the value of a thousand rand each to 500 beneficiaries in Umtata, 500 beneficiaries in Taung and 200 in Matjhabeng in Welkom.  For O.R Tambo District Municipality area, we anticipate vouchers to be available from the 18th May for the following areas: King Sabata Dalinyebo: Umtata, Mhlontlo- Tsolo, Nyandeni –Libode, Nqhuza Hill- Lusikisiki and Port St Johns. While for the Greater Taung Municipality areas we anticipate vouchers to be available from the 26th May 2020 for the following areas: Reveilo, Taung, Tlapeng, Mokgareng and Losasaneg. Our last leg of distribution will be in Welkom on the 4th June 2020. “Giving food vouchers enables us to honour the COVID-19 gathering protocols,” said Ubank CEO, Luthando Vutula.

The MDA’s CEO, Mr Tshimane Montoedi thanked both Ubank and MIC for this strategic partnership, as this will go a long away in alleviating poverty and suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation of this programme will be jointly executed with our Local Government partners, that include the three municipalities, Ntinga Development Agency, Small Enterprise Development Agency (OR Tambo) and the Department Social Development in Taung. “This will enable us to reach the most vulnerable in the community, and apply fair dispersal of the food vouchers”, said MIC Chief Executive Officer, Mary Bomela.

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