Black Mountain Mining (BMM), a Vedanta Zinc International operation mining zinc, lead, silver and copper in the Northern Cape, helped more than 600 vulnerable people without medical aid receive life-saving early breast/prostate/testicular cancer detection in the PinkDrive/MBTM outreach from 5 to 8 September this year.
Johannesburg, 19 October 2016: Black Mountain Mining (BMM), a Vedanta Zinc International operation mining zinc, lead, silver and copper in the Northern Cape, helped more than 600 vulnerable people without medical aid receive life-saving early breast/prostate/testicular cancer detection in the PinkDrive/MBTM outreach from 5 to 8 September this year.
The PinkDrive/MBTM mobile clinic, funded by BMM, stopped at Pofadder, Pella and Aggeneys where local communities received mammograms, clinical breast examinations, pap smears, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, as well as health education talks covering HIV/Aids, tuberculosis (TB) and cancer.
In a feedback session with BMM management, Noelene Kotschan, CEO and founder of PinkDrive, expressed heartfelt gratitude and said: “What an amazing caring organisation – not only for their staff but their families and the local communities from which they draw their resources. We covered over 4 000 kilometres. Everyone is exhausted but we know we have made a difference”.
Programme director Christo Witbooi, manager: corporate affairs and stakeholder relations for Vedanta Zinc International, supports this initiative because it resonates with the company’s commitment to its host communities. “We are committed to improving quality of life for the people residing in the communities in which we operate.”
Representatives of local and provincial government, and the South African National Aids Council were involved in the campaign.
Dr Sudeshen Naidoo, PinkDrive oncologist, pointed out that more than 100 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer every year – the top five are breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer, as well as Kaposi sarcoma.
“People with HIV/Aids have a higher risk of developing cervical cancer, Kaposi sarcoma and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which are Aids-defining conditions,” she said. “Unfortunately, the majority of patients in South Africa are diagnosed at an advanced stage of disease due to several factors, including lack of education in communities and constrained government resources. Government’s current waiting list for cervical cancer treatment – chemotherapy and radiation – is about three to four months.”
Olwen Auret and Edith Leeson
Russell and Associates
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Vedanta Zinc International – based in Johannesburg, South Africa – is a grouping of zinc assets in South Africa, Namibia and Ireland, owned by Indian-based Vedanta Limited, a listed subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc (www.vedantaresources.com). Operations include Black Mountain Mining in the Bushmanland/Namaqua region of the Northern Cape province of South Africa, as well as Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery in the Karas region of Namibia, and the Lisheen Mine in Ireland (in active closure).
PinkDrive, a non-profit company, powers South Africa’s mobile women’s health mammography and gynaecology units, in collaboration with More Balls Than Most® (MBTM), a division of Cause Marketing Fundraisers, dedicated to promoting awareness about the importance of early detection of prostate and testicular cancer. For more information, visit www.pinkdrive.co.za and www.mbtm.co.za