One of the great tragedies of South Africa’s walk through the Covid-19 pandemic has been the cloud of corruption that has gathered over the supply of PPE around the country. At a time when we should all be standing together as one in the fight against the virus, there are among us some scaly scavengers who have seen Covid-19 as an ideal opportunity to enrich themselves at the expense of others.
This should be a time of partnerships; of joining hands to help each other get through this horrible time where we have seen so much tragedy – loss of lives, loss of businesses, and loss of jobs. It is thus that FleetWatch highlights this story as the path that should be followed rather than the exploitative practices we have seen so much of.
The story tells of Peugeot Citroën South Africa’s extension of the loan of vans to the Department of Health until the end of 2020. And what are the vans called? Well you couldn’t get a better name for this venture. It’s the Peugeot ‘Partner’.
The vans are being use by health care workers enabling them to increase their capacity for medical testing and screening activations in the Gauteng and outlying regions. In essence, they are being put to good use as a form of support to the Gauteng Department of Health in the fight against COVID-19.
Commenting on the decision, Leslie Ramsoomar, MD of Peugeot Citroën South Africa says: “We need to work together to overcome this pandemic and in this regard are extending the use of the vehicles until the end of 2020. Even though we have been downgraded to Level 2 the battle is not yet over.”
This has been emphasised by Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize who has said that this is a critical period. “Now, as we experience a trough in the epidemic, we must not relent or fall into a trap of complacency but rather ride the momentum so that we can keep a flat curve and ensure our facilities do not become overwhelmed.”
In announcing the decision, Ramsoomar also expressed appreciation to all the health workers whose courage and dedication, despite the difficult circumstances, is commendable. ‘We salute them for the strength and tenacity they have shown throughout the pandemic.”
What a great ‘Partner’-ship.