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BAIC hands over wheelchairs to Motherwell residents

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 19, 2017
BAIC hands over wheelchairs to Motherwell residents

The South African division of Chinese automobile and machine manufacturer,BAIC Automobile SA (Pty) Ltd, on Wednesday handed over wheelchairs to the elderly residents of the Ethembeni Old Age Home, which is based in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.

The donation came in line with Transport month, which is celebrated every year in October.

According to BAIC, it hopes that its CSI programme will benefit all Wards in Motherwell and one Old Age home in Zwide, which was burned last year.

Speaking to RNEWS, BAIC spokesperson, Bulelani Mathenjwa, said; “In Motherwell, nine Wards will be getting wheelchairs. These are Ward 59, 60, 57, 58, 56, 53 and 55.  Each Ward will be getting four wheelchairs and the list of beneficieries will come from the Councillors of each Ward.

“We have given 10 that we have is given to old age homes which is, Ethembeni Old Age Home in Motherwell and Ekuphumeni in Zwide, which was burned down last year."

Mathenjwa said that in the future, this initiative will benefit residents in the entire Eastern Cape.

“This initiative is not a Motherwell-based CSI, but this is just a start. As the time goes on, we want it to benefit the whole Eastern Cape meaning that we will be visiting other Wards as well,”

Batandwa Mdyesha, BAIC SA CFO, described the importance of CSI in the success of the company.

“We consider CSI very important as BAIC and mostly because we are operating in this region, so we want to be a good Corporate Citizen. We also recorgnise that we cannot succeed on our own and therefore for the people in this community, which we operate in are very important to the success of BAIC,” Mdyesha said.

A wheelchair beneficiary, 87-year-old Elvin Totyi, who resides at Ethembeni, was beyond words to express her gratitude towards BAIC for giving her a wheelchair.

“I have been struggling for years to walk by myself and I was using my stick to assist me to walk from point A to B.

“I believe that a lot will change now because I will be able to drive myself everywhere I want to go. I am really grateful to BAIC; may they continue to do more because they have left an old woman smiling today,” Totyi said.

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