BMW SA loans SARCS vehicles to battle COVID-19

BMW Group South Africa has on Wednes­day stepped up its con­tri­bu­tion gear, loan­ing 17 BMWs to the South African Red Cross Soci­ety to fight COVID-19 trans­mis­sion.

BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Saha­ran Africa Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, Tim Abbot said the loan of the cars was will pro­vide help where it’s need­ed

He said the Red Cross will use the vehi­cles, most­ly Ross­lyn-built BMW’s reach­ing the com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’ve been build­ing cars in Ross­lyn for five decades. We’re part of this coun­try and we’re com­mit­ted to its future.

More than I can remem­ber, now is the time soci­ety needs to come togeth­er and help each oth­er where we can.

I’m delight­ed to make these cars avail­able to the Red Cross. If we do our bit to help, we’ll get through this togeth­er,” added Abbott.

He said the vehi­cles will help screen, con­tact trac­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion of hot meals and food parcels and dis­sem­i­na­tion of infor­ma­tion in six lan­guages.

Abbott said oth­er duties include to elim­i­nate coro­n­avirus myths, pro­vide psy­cho-social sup­port to vol­un­teers and emer­gency per­son­nel engaged in anti-COVID-19 oper­a­tions.

“The Red Cross is a sym­bol of hope for peo­ple in need across the world, and it is an hon­our to sup­port their work in the fight against this ter­ri­ble virus in South Africa,” said Abbott.

Mabel Koket­so, inter­im CEO of the South African Read Cross Soci­ety, said that the soci­ety “depends on dona­tions from gen­er­ous insti­tu­tions like BMW South Africa to car­ry out its statu­to­ry man­date.

“We are pro­vid­ing human­i­tar­i­an ser­vices across the length and breadth of South Africa,” said Koket­so.

Abbot said spec­i­fied BMW retail part­ners have stayed open across the coun­try through­out the lock­down to ensure quick ser­vic­ing of these vehi­cles.

Now, under lev­el four lock­down said Abbot all BMW ser­vice cen­tres are open for busi­ness.

“It means pro­vid­ing road­side sup­port to vehi­cles dri­ven by the South African Police Ser­vice, Metro Police depart­ments, med­ical per­son­nel and the pri­vate vehi­cles of essen­tial ser­vices work­ers since the lock­down began,” added Abbot.

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