Coca Cola Beverage South Africa's CSI Specialist in the Gauteng Region Ms Georgette Naidoo is flanked by Gift of the Givers staff members during the distribution of bottled water and cokes to residents of Alexandra
Coca Cola Beverages South Africa’s CSI Specialist in the Gauteng Region Ms Georgette Naidoo is flanked by Gift of the Givers staff members during the distribution of bottled water and cokes to residents of Alexandra
COCA Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has yet proved their love for the communities they are serving when they donated tons of bottled water and cokes for the under-privileged in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.
The donation last week came hardly few days after the CCBSA’s huge donation which saw them partnered with the local Shoprite and the groceries, blankets & Bonaqua bottled water to the families who were affected by fire destroyed 500 shacks in the area.
Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) CSI Specialist in Gauteng region, Ms Georgette Naidoo spoke to us about their involvement with helping the victims from day one.
“We are a profit orientated company but whenever such unfortunate and very sad thing like the burning of people’s shelter, we are as a company obliged to step in and assist wherever needed”, she said.
Naidoo added that: “As part of our social responsibility, we support communities that are in need especially the vulnerable & for emergency relief, we strive to improve the quality of Life.”
About the families who were affected by the fire, the leadership of the area, led by Ward 81 Councillor Irene Rugheinmer told Kasie Focus that they have opened up a community centre where the donors can bring whatever sort of help that is so needed by the community and it’s a buzz with people lining up for the basics while they await to reconstruct their “homes”. Non-Profit organization Gift of the Givers where among the first to offer support for the residents, handing out food and blankets. “We are grateful to everybody from the NGOs, the businesses who have donated building materials and Coca Cola for providing beverages to our community during this time of despair”, the councillor said with teary eyes.
Ester Ndlovu has lost everything from the fire, including the children’s Christmas clothing. “I have everything but my heart is sore because my children’s school uniforms for next year are burnt as well as my identity documents”, she said in the presents of the officials from Home Affairs. Others have already been given their documents. We can only hope that such Ubuntu doesn’t only end here, but a continuous relationship between the communities and the businesses that operates in those areas…