The Du Noon community has been hard hit by COVID-19. The Cape Town township wedged between Parklands and the busy M7, has been designated an official coronavirus hotspot by the Western Cape provincial government. More than 30,000 people live in the area.
Astron Energy, which operates the nearby Milnerton oil refinery, has stepped in to try to assist the community in this crisis. CEO Jonathan Molapo, says the company, which also holds the local license for the Caltex brand, has been contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts across the country but has made Du Noon a priority; “Many of our employees, and those of the contracting companies who work at the refinery, live in Du Noon, and we’ve increased our interventions in a major way.”
In consultation with NGOs and community leaders, more than R500,000 has been invested by Astron Energy in a range of initiatives in Du Noon.
- 5000 meals supplied in partnership with Rise Against Hunger
- masks and educational pamphlets distributed in partnership with the Amy Foundation
- R50,000 worth of hand sanitisers distributed
- local clinic supported (in partnership with AECI) with food parcels, sanitisers and handwashing stations
- a major donation for medical equipment for the Tygerberg Hospital which is treating Du Noon patients.
Astron Energy’s Social Investment Advisor Winny Dubazane says the company is continuing to explore new ways of supporting the Du Noon community; “We have a substantial history of involvement with Du Noon and we are in this for the long haul.”