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SAB joins government departments to bring change across the country on Mandela Day

17 July 2012

Johannesburg. 17 July 2012. The South African Breweries (SAB) has partnered with several provincial government departments, non-profit organisations and the Gauteng Office of the Premier as part of the company's nationwide Mandela Day campaign roll out, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, 18th July.

SAB's Mandela Day activities are an extension of the company's on-going work to bring positive socio-economic change to communities. 

"At SAB we care about the communities in which we operate and improving the lives of people living in those communities is entrenched in our company strategy and in our identity. We work hard to fulfil the vision of making every day a Mandela Day and the partnerships that we have built this year will demonstrate how a strong collaborative approach can effectively help us achieve this objective," says Vincent Maphai, SAB Executive Director Corporate Affairs and Transformation.

Initiatives across the country will be led by SAB's Soul Ambassadors. These are employees who play an active role in transforming communities in their personal capacity, and who act as role models for their fellow colleagues.

In Gauteng, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and SAB will officially mark the beginning of their work to refurbish a paediatric ward at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, with the unveiling of a plaque.  The ward will be transformed into an education centre with a library and rooms for use by registrars and consultants.

The Premier and SAB will also hand out teddy bears to children in the hospital's paediatric ward on the day.

Meanwhile, in downtown Johannesburg at the Usindiso Shelter for Women and Children, around 200 SAB employees will help to restore the facility's library and provide a much needed facelift for the building. Additionally, SAB will offer resident women computer skills training throughout the day and their children will be fed a nutritious meal. Kaya FM DJ and SA personality, Bob Mabena, will broadcast his 6am to 9am show live from Usindiso.

SAB will also visit of homes and centres around Johannesburg where employees will hand over much needed blankets, food and equipment. These are Epworth Children's Home, Jan Hofmeyer Community Projects, Bakone Community Home Based Care and Oliver's House. 

Mandela Day began early for SAB in Kwa Zulu-Natal, with a partnership between SAB, the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development and SA's First Lady, Mrs Bongi Ngema Zuma, kicking off on Friday, 13th July. The team sponsored gardening equipment and sewing machines to the Ziphateleni Community Centre in Umbumbulu, which provides home-based care for the patients affected by HIV/AIDS. 

Tomorrow, SAB teams will be deployed to provide much needed gardening equipment, blankets, food parcels and kitchen equipment to community organisations across KZN.  SAB Pietermaritzburg has partnered with Dr May Mkhize, KZN's First Lady, to assist Sekunjalo Project, a non-profit organisation assisting vulnerable children and women by providing jojo tanks for water supply and gardening equipment. 

And in the Ethekwini municipality district, SAB and the Mayor Councillor, James Nxumalo, will be visiting community organisation Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe.  The community, which focuses on assisting people affected by HIV/AIDS, will benefit by receiving new kitchen equipment to assist the organisation in providing meals at their soup kitchens.

In the Western Cape, SAB is one of 28 businesses, who have partnered with the City of Cape Town, the Boundless Heart Foundation and health and education institutions, to establish a mobile library in the impoverished, temporary relocation area of Blikkiesdorp. The library will service the community's adults and children and is build using a shipping container.  Additionally, the residents of Symphony Way in Delft will have their homes and public spaces painted by 100 SAB employees.  Photographers will set up a street art studio and take family portraits. Other activities on the day include the planting of trees and vegetables, HIV/AIDS awareness and testing, TB screening and a Mobile Museum from Iziko Museums.

In Perdekop, Mpumalanga, SAB and the provincial department of Finance, through the MEC's Constituency Outreach Initiative, will refurbish the home of a destitute family of 10 children. The children and their widowed guardian became homeless after being evicted from a local farm.  MEC Pinky Phosa and her team, together with SAB employees, will refurbish the house and help with the landscaping of the garden.

SAB's Central Region, which covers parts of the Free State, Northern Cape and the North West, has been inspired by an environmental theme, and will adopt a number of public parks, which employees will help to clean on Mandela Day and moving in the future.

For further information, please contact:

Robyn Chalmers

Head of Media and Communications, SAB

Tel: 011 881 8679

Email: robyn.chalmers@za.sabmiller.com

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This is a SABMiller subsidiary news release, it was first published in its local market on 17 July 2012.

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