By Moses Charedzera
Mimosa has handed over a consignment of hygienic material and foodstuffs to Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison for use by inmates of the correctional facility.
The donation was handed over to prison authorities by Mimosa Head Corporate Affairs Ms Elizabeth Nerwande at the institution.
In her speech Ms. Nerwande underscored the importance of nurturing mutually beneficial partnerships, adding that they have not forgotten the needy at the facility and the need to maintain basic hygiene as the first line of defence against COVID-19.
“In line with our policy of fostering mutually beneficial relationships with our valued communities, we have found it prudent to assist the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services as they discharge their mandate of protecting society and rehabilitating offenders for reintegration into society when released.
“As one of the country’s largest players in the extractive sector, we appreciate the importance of safeguarding health. Our business philosophy is driven by our LET’S GO ZERO programme, emphasising our commitment to realise zero harm in our operations and in the community,” she said.
Accepting the donation, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Officer Commanding Harare Metropolitan Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Alford Gapare commended Mimosa for remembering the inmates of Chikurubi at a time when the world is fighting COVID-19.
“I must hasten to admit that this donation has come at the right time given the whole world is trying hard to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease. Governments across the world are doing everything possible to reduce the contagion and the measures include locking down cities and countries as well as encouraging the maintenance of social distancing among other things.
“The government of Zimbabwe is playing its part and the corporate world has also come on board to complement the government effort. This is a welcome development and we can never be able to thank you enough for your generosity,” he said.
The consignment consists of seven hundred 500ml sanitiser bottles, 600 bottles of Vaseline, 700 bars of laundry soap, 100litres of floor sanitiser, latex gloves, face masks as well as foodstuffs.
Under its LET’S GO ZERO philosophy, Mimosa is committed to eliminating harm in its operations and in the community.
The company was one of the first corporates to extend a helping hand to the government through its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care which saw the platinum miner procuring and handing over eight state of the art thermal imaging sets for use by Port Health facilities at the country’s main ports of entry and exit in February this year.
The Zvishavane based platinum miner has also donated a consignment of hygienic materials and equipment consisting of latex gloves, remote IR thermometers, surgical masks, hand sanitisers and disposable body suits to Zvishavane and Mberengwa Hospitals as well as Mhonogori Clinic, the health service centre closest to its operations.
Mimosa has also given clinics around Zvishavane latex gloves and surgical masks as part of its intervention against the coronavirus.