UNKI Mine yesterday donated 1 000 pairs of bed sheets to Mpilo Central Hospital, as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.
Mpilo Hospital, chief executive officer, Lawrence Mantiziba said he was grateful to the mine, which donated despite waves of negative publicity about the hospital.
“Our aim as Mpilo Central Hospital has always been to deliver what is best for the patients and our intention is to achieve excellence in the healthcare provision, a task we cannot singlehandedly achieve,” he said.
“It is through gestures like these that we achieve our goal.”
Unki Mine senior resources manager Antony Chadyiwa said the mine had a duty to give back to the community and this was their way of doing so.
“Unki Mine has a social responsibility of giving back to society and this is our way,” he said.
“We hope patients will regain their strength faster, as they have access to cleaner warmer sheets.”
Unki Mine was presented with the “Friends of Mpilo” certificate, which is awarded to individuals and organisations that go out of their ways to help Mpilo in achieving its goals.
Mantiziba said the “Friends of Mpilo” certificate was the hospital’s way of showing gratitude to their supporters for their concern for the wellbeing of the hospital’s patients.
“Mpilo Hospital staff sat down back in 2013 to discuss how best we could thank our partners and decided that making these certificates would go a long way,” he explained.
“We have issued certificates to our friends as far as India, Britain and Zimbabwe to mention a few places and we hope our friends appreciate them,” he said.
Unki Mine, which has one of the largest platinum reserves in the country located it the Midlands province, said they chose Mpilo Central Hospital as a beneficiary because they realised that a lot of patients travelled to the hospital to receive advanced medical assistance.