Gift of the Givers has provided some families of striking mine workers at Marikana in the North West province with medical assessments and treatment.
Doctors and nurses, who work in partnership with the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), were dispatched to Wonderkop in Marikana on Saturday.
They treated people for a range of ailments including diabetes, HIV, high blood pressure and TB. Families also received food parcels, toiletries and blankets.
Since the wage strike began in the platinum belt, patients with chronic diseases are reported to have defaulted on their treatment regimes.
Gift of Givers medical co-ordinator Yakub Essack says, “There was definitely going to be a medical need for people that haven’t had any healthcare for the last few months. Especially people that had been on chronic medication and we’ve been aware of the fact that lot of them haven’t been able to go and get the chronic supply for high blood pressure, [sugar] diabetes and the antiretrovirals. So we come here to assist and see what we can do for the day in providing care for the patients, pregnant ladies, sick children and also those that need some help with the chronic medications.”
Mining union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) accused charity organisation, Gift of the Givers, of a lack of objectivity when handing over aid packages to striking mineworkers on the Platinum belt. NUM alleges that the organization failed to include it, as it did with AMCU, so that all miners could benefit from the aid.
NUM says due to violence and intimidation in the area, their members were forced to not report for work, and as a result they are also affected by the ongoing labour-intensive strike.
Here is an update from the folks at Gift Of The Givers.