Mercedes-Benz South Africa Group of Companies proudly supports the communities in which we operate by ensuring that we maintain our social licence to operate, remain sustainable and that our employees are proud of the company’s status as a responsible corporate citizen in the South African automotive industry.
In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has undertaken a number of initiatives to support communities located in East London and the greater Eastern Cape province through a mix of donations and sponsorships valued at over R13, 8 million.
The top 3 Corporate Social Investment initiatives for the period April – October 2020 included:
1. Donation of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices to the Eastern Cape Department of Health
2. Donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to MBSA CSI Education beneficiaries
3. Donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sponsorship of community response vehicles to the Eastern Cape Provincial Government
UCL-Ventura CPAP devices were designed and engineered by Mercedes-Benz AMG High Performance Powertrains (Mercedes-AMG HPP) and University College London (UCL).
The CPAP breathing aid devices have been used extensively in hospitals in countries hardest hit by COVID-19 to assist patients with serious respiratory problems to breathe more easily, when oxygen via a facemask alone has proven insufficient. CPAP devices are non-invasive breathing aid devices, which provide a constant, steady pressure to keep the lungs expanded.
The CPAP devices donated have been approved by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). Required training on how to use the respiratory devices will be provided to all beneficiary front line staff in National, Provincial Tertiary, Regional and District hospitals in the Eastern Cape.
MBSA used over 70 years of manufacturing expertise to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by manufacturing 3D printed face shields and producing 500ml bottle of hand sanitiser with great precision from the MBSA Paintshop.
In support of the Eastern Cape Government, MBSA donated the following items: