On 27 March, the first day of the 21-day coronavirus lockdown in South Africa, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) donated 6 000 litres of hand sanitizer to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). This was done together with Chemtoll, an RDM partner, to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.
RDM state that the SANDF had a shortage and were in need of hand sanitizer. As a reliable partner of the SANDF who have contributed significantly to the country’s military defence capabilities, RDM offered their assistance to the SANDF to fight the pandemic.
“It is RDM’s responsibility as an integral part of the national security system to stand by our soldiers and policemen” said RDM CEO, Jan-Patrick Helmsen.
RDM is also producing aluminium sulphate, an essential ingredient to keep water clean and drinkable, and is currently supplying the chemical compound to the city of Cape Town.
RDM has called on other businesses and individuals to offer their support and contribute to relief measures in any way possible.
“The service men and women of this country sacrifice to protect our lives with a high level of commitment. In times like these, we need to be more considerate/responsible and help soften the blow, as we stand in solidarity with all of humanity,” said Helmsen.