Western Cape - Premier Alan Winde together with Transport and Public Works Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, today received a fully refurbished quarantine and self-isolation facility from Old Mutual which will be used in the Province’s fight against Covid-19.
Old Mutual has turned the former Training Centre and Club House, located at the MuPine Golf Club in Pinelands into a 300-bed quarantine and self-isolation health facility for use by the Western Cape Government. Particular attention to detail has been paid to ensure that the Group’s R4.5 million investment in the facility enables the Province to effectively strengthen its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The MuPine facility handover forms part of a broader comprehensive response to Covid-19 by Old Mutual and includes the following initiatives across South Africa:
- The enablement of more than 15,000 staff across the business to work safely from home as well as measures to ensure the health and safety of all those employees working in branches during this time
- The introduction of premium-free cover worth R4 billion to around 430,000 qualifying and registered healthcare workers across the country
- The donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth R5-million in partnership with the National Department of Health
- A R50 million commitment towards a Covid-19 response that focuses on education, hygiene awareness, food security, and employee volunteerism, in partnership with government, business, labour and civil society
- We included the Solidarity Fund as a beneficiary on our staff Payroll Giving Programme in which employees are encouraged to give generously. Our Executive Committee members agreed to forego salary increases and the company is directing these funds to the Solidarity Fund.
- Old Mutual is also the fund administrator of the Solidarity Fund, working on a pro bono basis to support the special purpose vehicle in fulfilling its mandate.
- Old Mutual Insure, together with Masisizane, one of our Special Purpose vehicles that specializes in services for SMME’s, have collaborated in administering interest free loans to SMME clients who require assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, R50 million has been allocated.
- Across our supply chain, we have joined calls from government, business and organised labour to support SMEs and especially those associated with our business by committing to pay them within seven days for services rendered.
As the province moves towards its Covid-19 infection peak, it is critically important to have as many active facilities for all residents who are unable to quarantine and isolate at home. The Old Mutual facility will serve as a welcome addition to the Provinces efforts to shore up support services as demand for beds at health facilities is expected to increase.
“As a responsible business whose values are entrenched in serving our customers and the communities in which we operate, converting and donating this quarantine site was both an honour and a priviledge for us at Old Mutual. We remain committed to doing everything within our control to support the fight in bringing this pandemic under control,” said Iain Williamson, Interim CEO at Old Mutual.