Volvo Trucks South Africa, on behalf of the Volvo Group, has responded to the recent unrest and violence in the country by donating R1.68 million (SEK 1 million) to aid those severely affected, and to support the rebuilding of the region.
The funds were made available by the Volvo Group and will be donated to the Gift of the Givers Foundation, the largest African disaster response non-governmental organisation. The organisation already has an extensive network in place, bringing food, medical, business and livelihood support to the communities affected in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
“I am proud to represent Volvo Group and to be part of the drive to create prosperity for all through sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. We believe in creating a better world for the next generation,” said Marcus Hörberg, vice president of Volvo Group Southern Africa. “For this reason, the funds will also go towards re-establishing supply chain mechanisms and medical supply logistics, ensuring that people are able to access food and health services safely and easily.”
Badr Kazi, director of Gift of the Givers, said “we are extremely grateful to partner with Volvo in a time when our country needs us the most in helping to make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.”
This donation also forms part of a response by Team Sweden in South Africa, a network of organisations coordinated by Business Sweden and the Swedish Embassy.
“We believe in South Africa and its people, and we want to continue being part of the rebuilding of the country and making a positive contribution to the society we operate in,” concluded Hörberg.