special projects manager at Konica Minolta South Africa Ms Daleen Havenga, Founder of the Edu-Care Foundation
Konica Minolta South Africa has converted a light
commercial vehicle into a mobile library, providing children who do not have access to books in their schools and communities with the
opportunity to improve their literacy skills – a necessary tool to function in society, find a good job and nourish problem solving
as well as the imagination.
The fully kitted out Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, purchased by the company from McCarthy Kunene in Witbank,
has been entrusted to The Edu-Care Foundation, a non-profit organisation that through its R.E.A.D. (respect, education, attitude and discipline)
initiative assists children in the foundation phase to improve their reading ability.
“The mobile library is the first of its kind and will service the Gauteng area, ranging from the West Rand to the East Rand and even a school in
Hammanskraal,” says project initiator Laetitia Coetzer, special projects manager at Konica Minolta South Africa. She adds that it will also
function as a study centre at certain rural area schools where there are no study facilities.
Although projects such as the Mandela Day Library has set up libraries using converted shipping containers at various schools, the mobile library extends that work and adds a unique
element in that it can service up to 20 schools a month.
“As a Bidvest Group company, Konica Minolta South Africa
has encouraged other organisations within the group to take part in the project. For this reason, Kolok sponsored the consumables for the printer in
the mobile library, Bid Financial Services has insured the vehicle and Bidtrack will provide vehicle tracking, recovery and fleet management
services,” says Coetzer.
Konica Minolta South Africa has also donated a sum of money to buy books and
a laptop to be used as a research facility for subjects such as history, science and geography. With the help of one of its suppliers it has also
created cheerful artwork on the body of the vehicle.
Achmat Dangor, chief executive at the Nelson Mandela Foundation and champion of Mandela Day was present at the handover.
He praised the project as an initiative that, through innovation, has created a solution to South Africa’s current literacy problem.
“We believe there is always a remedy and that businesses, government and civil society should focus on solutions and not problems,
something Konica Minolta South Africa has done impeccably,” he says.
ABOUT KONICA MINOLTA SOUTH AFRICA:
Konica Minolta South Africa, wholly owned by the Bidvest Group, stands at the forefront of business solution providers
as the principal importer and distributor of the innovative and award winning Konica Minolta range of bizhub digital multi-functional
colour and black & white devices, laser printers, fax machines and business solutions, into South Africa as well as Namibia, Malawi,
Botswana and Swaziland. Konica Minolta South Africa's head office is based in Johannesburg and 14 branches and 43 dealerships support its
distribution network. With an operational stance of consultative business partnering, the group provides clients with holistic document
management solutions: through pre-sales analysis, audits to sales, installation, ongoing onsite technical and software management as well as
the supply of spare parts and consumables.
CONTACTS: Konica Minolta SA: Ritchi Smith,
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