Johannesburg, 11 September 2017: For the second consecutive year, Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain Mining (BMM) has sponsored the Pink Drive Outreach Programme in the Khai-Ma Municipal area – in partnership with South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), the Northern Cape provincial government, civil society and other health practitioners.
This year, the initiative (running from 21 to 26 August) reached several hundred community members who – since they do not have medical aid – would not normally have access to life-saving early breast/prostate/testicular cancer detection.
In 2016, the BMM Pink Drive campaign had included Aggeneys, Pella and Pofadder – in 2017 the campaign’s reach was widened to include the community of Onseepkans.
The programme offered HIV/TB screening, PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) tests, clinical breast examinations, pap smears and mammograms. In addition to this, the Pink Drive team also engaged learners and teachers at schools in the communities around the topic of healthy living.
In total this year, 264 clinical breast examinations were conducted, along with 75 mammograms. The team also provided 170 pap smears, 93 PSA tests and 91 general patient checks. Overall, 12 patients were referred for further detailed medical interventions as a result of the tests. Approximately 280 dream packs (basic sanitary needs pack) were given to female learners at the High Schools.
Noelene Kotschan from the Pink Drive team thanked the BMM team and noted that not only should they be commended for ensuring the initiative reached Khai-Ma, but also for putting so much effort into raising awareness about the issues among young people at the local schools.
CSR Manager, Neville Basson extends his appreciation to the broader Khai-Ma Communities, and thank our Partners and Stakeholders for making the 2017 Pink Drive Cancer Outreach a huge success.
Onseepkans resident Felicity Blom says the campaign is one of the “best things” that was brought to their community and encourages everyone, young and old, to start looking after themselves. She also thanks BMM for giving them the opportunity to be part of this outreach and hopes to be part again next year.
Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Relations Manager
Vedanta Zinc International
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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 Kharas 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.