SA National Lottery Buys Protective Equipment for Essential Workers
South Africans who buy lottery tickets these days will be pleased to note that they are doing their bit to help find COVID-19. Last week, the National Lottery operator, Ithuba, made an impressive donation to essential workers – 100,000 re-usable face masks who work with the Department of Health. The donation was part of Ithuba’s commitment to help purchase PPE (personal protective equipment).
The Ministers of Health and the SA Police Service were on hand to collect the face masks at a handover ceremony that was held at the Ithuba head office in Sandton.
Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health, said that he wanted to encourage other corporations to come on board to give the ministry support on a continuous basis.
“When we deal with masks (medical masks) in the context of a hospital, we dispose them as medical waste material in a specific, suitable method. We encourage people to use cloth masks because they don’t have to be disposed of immediately. We would like for our members to use cloth masks when they get into taxis and when they are on route between home and work. The medical masks can be used when they are at work,” said the Minister.
Ithuba takes its corporate responsibility very seriously and continues to support other projects throughout the year, not all of them COVID-19 related.
Among them include Ithuba’s annual graduate programme which employs interns in various field. In 2020, Ithuba gave jobs to 13 interns in fields ranging from Public Relations to Finance.
In addition, Ithuba runs a women empowerment programme which has developed, trained and given skills to 100 female retailers to improve their business skills.
Another initiative supported by the National Lottery operator comprises a media campaign aimed to prevent violence against women.
Throughout the pandemic, South Africans have been able to purchase lottery tickets online. Ithuba said that there was a significant rise in the number of players who opened online accounts at its nationallottery.co.za website. The lottery also runs a mobile app which is easily downloadable on all smartphones.