Glencore’s partners with SANCB to deliver cataract surgeries for 22 community members

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Glencore’s partners with SANCB to deliver cataract surgeries for 22 community members
ROOTED: Glencore through their social partnership with the SANBC has given a new lease on life to 22 elderly community members who were suffering from visual impairments. PICTURE BY Glencore

The partnership between the mining company and the South African National Council for the Blind is an essential part of the global action plan to meet the eye care needs of marginalised communities


Together with community members, we continue to effectively roll out initiatives and support systems that respond to the concerns and needs of community members. In our latest efforts to lend a helping hand, we partnered with the South African National Council for the Blind and Witbank Hospital to help correct the impaired vision of 22 community members in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga.

Cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, it forms when protein builds up in the lens of one’s eye and makes it cloudy. This keeps light from passing through clearly and can cause the affected party to lose some of their eyesight, thus negatively affecting their quality of life.

This was the unfortunate case for self-employed carpenter, Gideon Mola from Witbank. “My vision has always been misty to the point where I couldn’t even see properly at school. I started wearing spectacles when I started working which I unfortunately lost, and was never able to replace them due to the cost. The last time I had my eyes tested was three years ago and my eyes had gotten much worse at that point. Life was getting more difficult as I couldn’t work productively and this was affecting my ability to making a living. Now that I have had the surgery, I am confident that my life will improve significantly. I’m excited to look at the world with fresh new eyes.” he said.

Glencore and the SANCB commenced the Witbank Hospital tour in July with the help of the hospital surgeons, Dr Mthethwa and Dr Sebogodi.

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It has been an absolute honour to be able to change how people in our communities view the world and better yet, their future. What has been done through this incredible partnership has enabled us to slowly change the statistics of people needing cataract operations in the district. We hope that this new vision gives them a new lease on life,” said Glencore’s Community Development Specialist, Mapule Mokoena.

Through the partnership, we aim to provide comprehensive eye care to community members as this is an essential part of the global action plan which is to meet the eye care needs of marginalized communities in the country.

“The success of such a project is based on the partnerships, as no organisation can successfully implement the programme on its own. This is also why we partnered with Glencore Coal. When we first approached Glencore, they were eager to jump on board based on their commitment to improving the lives of their communities. Their response gave us the encouragement we needed as we also want to improve people’s quality of life” said SANCB Manager, Angelina Khupe.

Behind each investment is the belief that if we work together to improve the lives of community members around their operations, meaningful and long-lasting progress is possible.

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