M&D Construction Group continues to support many initiatives geared at combating HIV and AIDS as part of the company’s larger corporate social investment programme.
This year’s World Aids Day, the leading diversified contractor decided to support Ikageng Itereleng Aids Ministry, which is a community-based orphanage located in Orlando West, Soweto. The ministry currently feeds and provides social services, medication and education to more than 1 000 orphans whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS.
Yolanda Sedibe, M&D Construction Group Director, says that the company donated a municipal-grade roundabout to the school and stationary gift boxes to the orphans.
“The group bought stationery items that are considered to be important for any scholar beginning the school year. Our employees who participated in the initiative packed and handed them to the children on 1 December. Giving back to the community was certainly one of the highlights of this day,” Sedibe says.
Meanwhile, Grade 3 boys from St David’s Marist Inanda helped bake and decorate 300 gingerbread men, as well as package them into gift bags for the orphans’ Christmas celebrations.
This was an additional initiative by Avikaar Raghubir, son of Rukesh Raghubir, CEO of M&D Construction Group. Avikaar and Luca also handed them to the orphans during M&D Construction Group’s visit to Ikageng Itereleng Aids Ministry. The day also included a tour of Soweto, starting with the opportunity to hear the story of the creation of the Freedom Charter in Kliptown.
Antoinette Sithole then shared her personal account of the Soweto Uprisings at the Hector Pieterson Memorial. Pieterson, the schoolboy who was shot and killed when police opened fire on students who protested the enforcement of teaching in Afrikaans, is Sithole’s brother.
The M&D Construction Group team then walked the 1976 Riot’s Walk to Vilakazi Street to view Mandela and Tutu House. Notably, it is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners have lived.
“This day out demonstrated to our employees that management is confident in the future of the company and, just as importantly, very optimistic about the prospects for the country. It proved to be a wonderful way of ending 2019, which was an extremely difficult year, especially for the South African construction sector,” Rukesh Raghubir concludes.