Polokwane Chemical Suppliers (PCS), as
part of their corporate social investment
programme, handed over toiletries
to disadvantaged learners at Kabelo
Secondary School in Polokwane on July
According to PCS marketing manager,
Maggie Mampane, the gesture was
aimed at making a difference in the lives
of the learners at the school. “We have
given them toothpaste, bath soap and
toothbrushes. We are doing this because
we want our youth to remain motivated
and have a vision for a better tomorrow.”
Teacher at the school Pheladi Moloto said
they are grateful to PCS for the gesture.
“Most of the learners at the school are
from child-headed families and this will
be handy and it will definitely make a
difference in their lives.”
The company also announced Mulalo
Nemataheni from Impowerx Advisory
Services as the winner of the Bucket of
Hope Enterprise Development competition.
The competition is one of the company’s
initiatives aimed at empowering young
entrepreneurs and give them a platform to
showcase their entrepreneurial acumen.
The competition was open to all entrepreneurs in the province from June 1 to June 30 and to enter, hopefuls were asked to submit a detailed business profile and motivation.
Mampane said they were impressed by
Nemataheni’s business profile.
“It showed that she had a good
understanding of her business. She
understood the scope of her work and
she is a visionary. We were impressed by
her overall work. She is passionate and
focused.” Nemataheni walked away with office
equipment that included a chair, a laptop, a
projector and an office table.
Written by Herbert Rachuene
Bonus 29 July – 4 August 2021
New building donated to drop-in centre
- 27 May – 2 June 2021
- Written by Maseo Nethanani
Mahlahlalane Drop-in Centre in Bergnek received a donation of a new building from Polokwane Chemical Suppliers (PCS) on Friday, 14 May 2021.
The handover ceremony was attended by the local community and Mahlahlalane Drop-in Centre board members. According to PCS Chief Executive Officer, Melita Mampane, this is not the first time PCS donated to the Mahlahlalane Drop-in Centre. “The Women’s Auxiliary of the Methodist Church firstly donated a braai stand, and then we donated shelters so that they do not have to cook in the rain. The shelter was overused because it served as an office, classroom and storeroom all in one. We added them to our CSI project through the Bucket of Hope initiative so that we could start building a proper structure for them. PCS is not just a manufacturer, we are also motivated and inspired to make a difference in the communities that we serve. We first visited Mahlahlalane Dropin Centre in 2018 through an outreach programme of the Methodist Church. I was touched by the work done by Mahlahlalane Drop-in Centre,” Mampane said.
She said this was supposed to be donated a long time ago but there were some delays due to Covid-19. “In the past we asked schools to apply for help and ended up being able to donate maybe a R1 000 due to the high number of applications. We decided to undergo a tangible project that we can be proud of. “We came up with Bucket of Hope to put money aside and identify projects that we can sponsor. The two CEOs decided to adopt two projects which are Mahlahlalane Drop-in Centre and Re A Kgona Drop-in Centre. Every year, through the Bucket of Hope initiative we do our best to assist the centres with various need including donations of food parcels. We will identify other projects in the community as well. If we can add one more structure every year in a village that will be good,” Mampane said.
Mahlahlalane Drop-in Centre Manager, Modipadi Rehab Dimo said she is so excited to receive this kind of donation. “We will take care to avoid damage. They started by donating shacks and braai stands for the centre and now they came back for a proper structure. We hope that we are still going to work hand-in-hand with PCS,” Dimo concluded.
So, every year during the second term of the school calendar, my team and I embark on our School Hygiene Campaign which is aimed at teaching the little ones the importance of practicing general hygiene and most importantly washing hands (how fitting). We work hard to ensure that the presentation is always fun, colourful and interactive. And of course, we always come bearing awesome gifts. This campaign was first initiated in 2015 and since then we have managed to visit over 240 schools and see over 50 000 learners in the foundation phase across Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng. (more…)
In the wake of the COVID-19 or what we have all come to know and refer to as the Coronavirus, the world has been caught by surprise. A scary surprise and reality that we all have to live with.
Governments all over the world, with the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) have put measures and regulations in place in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.
Part of these measures and guidelines include social distancing, avoiding touching our faces and washing our hands as frequently as possible.
Above all these measures, the measure that seems to have received the most attention, is washing of hands (with good reason), however it has also come with its own set of challenges; Overnight we have had an influx of so many companies and people claiming to manufacture disinfectants and hand sanitizers. While that may be good and well, please remember that disinfectants and sanitizers should meet requirements as per regulatory bodies such as the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications and South African Bureau of Standards. This is done to ensure that any product that is claimed to be a disinfectant or sanitizer should meet or exceed the performance claimed on the label and material safety data sheets. Always make sure to purchase disinfectants and sanitizers from reputable suppliers and when in doubt, request for documentation that proves the products’ compliance.
Yours in safety and hygiene,
Studies have shown that at least 30% of learners miss school due to their monthly periods because they cannot afford sanitary towels as well as other essential hygiene products. Through a combined effort with the PCS employees, we were able to donate more than 800 packs of sanitary towels to Kabelo Secondary School in July 2019.
From Left: Phomolo Matabane ( Atok Aluminium Solutions), Malehope Mogale (Farmhouse Fresh Produce), Patricia Makwela (Galeadi Events and Soft-Play)
Miranda Chauke (Bonus Newspaper)
Polokwane Chemical Suppliers (PCS) held its first Bucket of Hope Enterprise development program on the 10 July 2019 at their head office. The initiative is aligned with their plan to develop and give back to the communities they operate in. Young and upcoming entrepreneurs entered the competition but only six(6) made it to the main stage to present their businesses.
The 6 entrepreneurs had 10 minutes to present their business to the panel which included PCS Management. The panel asked questions for clarity and to decide who goes to the next round of the competition. Out of 6 entrepreneurs, only 3 made it to the last round for final assessment. During the final assessment, the 3 businesspersons had to clearly outline what it is that they would do with the prize money and only 1 entrepreneur had a thorough explanation of her business needs and expansion plans.