RDM does its bit for Mandela Day


On Friday, 24 July, as part of Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s (RDM’s) Mandela Day initiative, a mixed group of the company’s employees visited the Macassar Community clinic to hand over a donation of 700 bottles of their own branded hand sanitizer under the motto, ‘From colleagues to colleagues.’

This time the company wanted to steer away from their usual management facilitating the hand over and rather decided to incorporate employees who come from these communities to do the hand over on behalf of RDM, the company said.

As part of RDM’s ongoing commitment to Corporate Social Investment and embracing Mandela Day, this year the management team decided that the company should dedicate its 67 minutes by donating 1 400 bottles of hand sanitizer to the community clinics neighbouring their head office, namely the Macassar Community Clinic and Khayelitsha Site B Community Clinic, in the Western Cape. Unfortunately, due to recent violent protests in Khayelitsha the team was unable to deliver the donations directly. Alternative arrangements are in place to ensure the products will be delivered to the clinic in due course.

As part of a dual donation initiative by the company, RDM also handed out two bottles of 500mml hand sanitizer to all of its employees across all sites. “RDM are all systems go to resell hand sanitizer to their employees and public consumers across all sites (Somerset west, Wellington, Boksburg and Boskop), at affordable prices. Our sites will be ready to serve in a safe environment from mid-August onwards,” stated Jan-Patrick Helmsen, CEO of Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

With the current Covid-19 pandemic gripping the world RDM found it prudent to provide these communities with an essential product that could help save lives and limit the further spread of the coronavirus. “We collaborated with these two local clinics to identify the most vulnerable patients who visit the clinics daily. Our mission is to protect both the frontline workers and the patients they care for. This is the best way we can help our community,” stated Ruby Maree, Public Relations Officer of Rheinmetall Denel Munition.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition called upon other companies who are in a position to make a contribution to their respective communities, in the spirit and legacy of the late Madiba. “During these difficult and challenging times only collective efforts can contribute to a positive impact,” added Helmsen.