Gweru – Midlands corporates, Bata and ZimChem have donated goods towards the fight against Covid-19 in their respective communities; Gweru and Redcliff.
The companies donated boots, facemasks, sanitisers, knapsack sprayers and fumigating chemicals.
Speaking from different events held separately in the Midlands Province, authorities from the companies said the fight against the pandemic is everyone’s responsibility thus motivating them to donate towards the fight against the virus.
Speaking during the Gweru held handover, Bata managing director Simon Mutisya said the company was launching a global campaign that will help charitable organisations every month as a boost to the fight against Covid-19.
“Today we are launching our project to donate a million shoes as part of their 5 800 global shops’ contribution to the fight against Covid-19. This is the beginning and every month we will donate to charitable organisations that would have been identified,” said Bata Managing Director, Simon Mutisya.
Bata has been authorised to partially commence production during the second phase of the lock down with 150 employees working at the plant against a full strength of 1 000 workers.
Their limited operations have also been affected by limited raw material supply from South Africa which is still on lockdown.
The other separate event, hosted in Redcliff, ZimChem General Manager Tendai Shoko said their organization chose to assist Redcliff since it is the same environment from which they are accommodated.
“Charity begins at home and there is no way we can look outward before reaching out to your own community. We wish to spread our wings if resources permit and we hope our donation today will go a long way,” said Shoko.