Volkswagen South Africa

Health & Safety: Covid-19

Rev. Dr ElizabethMamisaChabula-NxiweniField Hospital:

To ensure Nelson Mandela Bay Metro & surrounding district has adequate healthcare facilities for the Covid-19 patients, Volkswagen converted its 66 000m² unused plant into a new field hospital with 1485 hospital beds

The German Government provided funding of R100million for the project.


Assisted the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)to renovate an office space into a fully-fledged molecular virology laboratory providing an improved testing facility with increased capacity

Provided frontline health care workers with protective gear that allowed them to safely care for those infected. This included:

  • 50 000 N95 personalised masks
  • 65 000 disposable gowns
  • 2 million latex and nitrile gloves
  • 1 000 visors
  • PPE was also sent to staff atDora Nginza,Livingstone & Uitenhage Provincial Hospital
  • 150 Beds for the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Isolation Facility:   R69 750
  • 50 000 pre-packed meals to 5 KwaNobuhleprimary schools:  R145 000
  • Face Masks sewn by a Uitenhage based women cooperative (11 939):  R145 418
         – 5 000 Donated to the parents of 5 KwaNobuhleprimary schools learners
  • Face Masks for children sewn by a Uitenhage based women cooperative (10 000):  R147 500

Food Relief

  • Food security presented one the biggest challenges to the communities we work with as a result of lockdown
  • We launched an emergency food relief programme to help communities around us and beneficiaries of our CSI programmes
  • The donations provided highly nutritious meals for the families and the children in low-resourced ECD and literacy centres, who often receive their only meal of the day at the centre or at school.


  • Over 70 000 meals in partnership with Rise Against Hunger
  • Also donated R340 000 to provide food parcels to over 350 families in Uitenhage
  • Beneficiaries included: Ntataisein Free State, Masifunde, United Through Sport, UbomiObutshaCentre, Thand’usanaBabies Centre, parents and children from the literacy centreswhich we support in Uitenhage

Education Support

  • Our goal in education is to ensure that for all learners in Uitenahge are functionally literate by Grade 3 or Age 10
  • We therefore have a holistic cluster of educational programmeswhich range from early childhood development, primary and high school interventions, teacher development to bursaries at tertiary level.
  • To minimize the impact of lockdown and to ensure our programmescontinue to yield good results during lockdown, we adopted measures to aid remote learning.


  • Purchased 25 laptops & data for recipients of bursary fund
  • Increased use of technology and on-line platforms as a training & monitoring tool to support our literacy  programmes
  • Facilitated on-line classes via Zoom & Whatsapp
  • We also provided psycho-social support including assisting learners to obtain proper medical care for those who tested positive to COVID
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