BMW’s contribution to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 stepped up a gear this week with the announcement that BMW SA and the German government will spend upwards of R70 million to equip hospitals and clinics in South Africa with many improvements.
Improvements will include the upgrade for the Soshanguve Combined Clinic, near the company’s Rosslyn manufacturing plant, to a testing and screening centre. The company has provided a fully equipped ambulance and cars for transporting patients to the various hospitals in the region.
At Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Soshanguve, the Accident and Emergency facilities will be significantly upgraded and 300 beds will be added to the facility.
An additional 300 beds will be added across the region, with a further 150-bed overflow facility to be provided in Bronkhorstspruit. Supplementary to this, four community clinics in Soshanguve will be provided with a supply of face masks, disinfectant, and PPE, courtesy of BMW SA, and the German government.
Today CEO BMW AG Mr Oliver Zipse, Federal Minister Economic Cooperation & Development in Germany, Mr Gerd Müller together with Prof Mkhululi Lukhele: HoD Gauteng Department of Health, and Tim Abbott, CEO BMW SA, announced upgrades to 8 hospitals and 4 clinics, in 4 provinces. pic.twitter.com/ytft6Cpo2s
— BMW South Africa (@BMW_SA) June 29, 2020
Tim Abbott, CEO: BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, said the plan was to intervene in an area of need at the most critical time.
“I’m pleased we are able to co-operate with the German government in a R76m investment into eight hospitals and four community clinics across three provinces. We will provide 750 beds, an ambulance, an upgrade to Accident and Emergency facilities, additional testing and screening facilities to support our communities when they need it the most. We’re providing BMW X3s built here in Rosslyn to help transport patients as well. We build more than just cars and we need international solidarity and governments working together with the private sector during a global crisis. Together we can fight this crisis.”
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