Huawei Technologies and JSE-listed Telkom have made financial commitments worth R16 million to aid South Africa’s efforts in combating the deadly coronavirus.
This is coming as the nation’s infection cases rise, with 274 positive coronavirus cases confirmed thus far. All over the world, the number of cases have now surpassed 300 000, with more than 14,000 deaths and over 99,000 recoveries recorded.
Huawei donated R1 million to the Department of Health (DOH) recently and SA CEO, Spawn Fan had this to say, “We are a committed ICT and social partner to South African business, government, and society; this donation is our obligation as a concerned party.”
“We believe in the power of connectivity and technology, and we are committed to harnessing ICT in the fight against coronavirus in South Africa and on the continent. In China, we saw the success of remote education, remote health services and working from home during quarantine periods. Coronavirus is not just a threat to life, its knock-on effects on livelihoods and the economy must also be managed.”
Telkom CEO, Sipho Maseko added, “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. Our business continuity and emergency response measures are in place to support increased demand for broadband bandwidth and voice calls across both the fixed and mobile network.”