Telkom's group CEO Sipho Maseko File picture: Reuters
Telkom's group CEO Sipho Maseko File picture: Reuters

Telkom donates R15 million to fight against coronavirus

By Supplied Time of article published Mar 22, 2020

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Johannesburg - Telkom on Sunday announced that it has pledged R15 million to bolster South Africa’s primary healthcare efforts in the battle against Covid-19.

Telkom Group Chief Executive Sipho Maseko said the funds will be used to support healthcare workers who are at the frontline of the battle against the spread of Covid-19 particularly in South Africa’s most vulnerable communities.

“We believe it is up to each one of us to do what we can to flatten the curve and reduce the possible impact of this virus particularly for those who rely on the public health system,” said Maseko. 

The donation is part of Telkom’s multi-pronged approach to support South Africa’s efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and its effects. Others include the zero-rating data costs in accessing learning material for universities and public schools to enable learning and teaching to continue.

“Our business continuity and emergency response measures are in place to support increased demand for broadband bandwidth and voice calls across both fixed and mobile network,” said Maseko. 

The resilience of our public health system will be severely tested at this time, this contribution will support the front-line staff of health workers who will make the most difference in our ability as a country to manage the spread of the outbreak and ultimate elimination, the company said. 

Telkom has also invited other South African corporations and members of the public to contribute to strengthening the public health system. 

Members of the public can donate by dialing the following premium-rated short codes from any network to:

36757 - R5 donation
38771 – R10 donation
40773 – R20 donation

“Telkom challenges all South Africans to contribute. It’s time for us to come together and work in solidarity and community,” Maseko said.

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