Aggeneys, 03 September 2018: For a third year in succession, Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) has partnered with PinkDrive and MBTM to sponsor the PinkDrive Outreach Programme in the Khai-Ma Municipal area – in partnership with the National Department of Health, National Department of Social Development, South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), the Northern Cape provincial government, civil society and other health and social partners including NFM Radio station which provided media coverage for this outreach.
This year’s outreach programme ran from 20 to 24 August 2018, across Khai-Ma, and included mammograms, clinical breast examinations, pap smears, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, HIV-AIDS testing, BMI measurement, and non-communicable disease testing - as well as health education talks covering cancer, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, social care and lifestyle.
This year’s outreach saw 211 clinical breath examinations and 64 mammograms conducted, along with 186 pap smears and 136 prostate antigen tests. In addition, there were 11 referrals for further detailed medical investigation. In addition, over 1100 school pupils received health education talks from the team.
Rev. Zwoitwaho Nevhutalu of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) commented that “I think that the PinkDrive campaign is going where it should go. To the most remote, where populations are extremely vulnerable and health services are not readily available”.
Noelene Kotschan, CEO of PinkDrive says that she is pleased with this year’s outcome. “For us as the PinkDrive team it is rewarding to know that, thanks to Vedanta, we could offer our services to the various communities, especially in this province where cancer medical services are inaccessible. Vedanta’s commitment to this outreach must be commended for going the extra mile to transport women who have been on a waiting list for 6 months or longer from Springbok Hospital to Garies, in order to receive our services.” Noelene continues: “PinkDrive would also like to thank all the Government Departments and other organisations who collaborated with us on this outreach. The power of collaboration goes a long way to help making a difference. We know that by taking health services and education where they are needed, we can help everyone lead longer and healthier lives.”
VZI’s Christo Witbooi noted that “Through initiatives like the PinkDrive outreach, Vedanta Zinc International provides information, people (young and old) need, to understand cancer and also an opportunity to discuss it openly. It is always our focus to empower young and old and show people that while cancer is a horrible disease all of us can take steps to reduce our risk”
Vedanta Zinc International takes the all-round development and wellbeing of its communities very seriously. The company’s stated intent is to go “beyond mining” in everything that it does. Along with a wide range of other initiatives, the partnership with Pink Drive is one which Vedanta sees as delivering on its commitments to its communities.
Vedanta Zinc International
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Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) – headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa – is a grouping of zinc assets located in South Africa, Namibia and Ireland, owned by India-based Vedanta Limited, a listed subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc.
Mining and milling at the Lisheen Mine in Ireland was concluded in December 2015 after 17 years of operation and the mine is currently in an active closure mode.
VZI’s vision is to create an integrated world-class regional zinc complex comprising the BMM (including Gamsberg) and the Skorpion Zinc mining and refining operations.
To date, Vedanta Resources has invested over $4 billion in Africa, over $1.7 billion in Southern Africa, and contributed over R100 million in CSR projects in South Africa and Namibia over the last 5 years.
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) are 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