As part of Airports Company South Africa’s (ACSA) Women’s Month Programme the company is proud to announce the completion of Mrs Paulina Mbatha’s house, a survivor of the June 17, 1992 Boipatong massacre. In partnership with the Sedibeng District Municipality, ACSA has shown a commitment to support people with disabilities in the region through a donation of 100 wheelchairs to the community of Boipatong. Communications Director of the Sidibeng Municipality Andile Xaba said any development within the community is welcomed as it brings about change for the better for the people of Boipatong.“We are pleased to see that big corporates like ACSA have taken a step in bettering the lives of the poor. We are happy to see that the private sector is committed in uplifting our communities and we are pleased with ACSA for taking the first step. “Hopefully other corporates will follow suit and help us create a wonderful living environment for our people,” said Xaba. Mrs. Mbatha (58), who was paralysed during the massacre when armed people stormed into her shack, stabbed her repeatedly and injured her spine. The onslaught began at about 10PM on Wednesday June 17 1992. About 200 people armed with guns, knives and axes rampaged through the usually peaceful township and started attacking different households at random. This brutal killing spree, labelled the largest to be carried out by the coercive agents of the apartheid regime left at least 49 people dead in Boipatong. The Mbatha family has been living in the same shack since the attack until ACSA donated R500.000.00 to build a fully furnished house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms – one with specialised equipment to accommodate Mambatha’s physical condition, a lounge and kitchen. “I am happy to have to have my own house at last. ACSA has brought a smile on my face and I’m glad that my family will have a place called home after all these years,” said MaMbatha.“It is our aim as ACSA to better the lives of fellow South Africans. We are happy for the Mbatha family, moreover for Mama Paulina,” said Ndiphiwe Ntuli of ACSA.After official handover of the house, by the Mayor and Ms Hlahla, ACSA Managing Director, the celebration continued when 100 wheelchairs were donated to people with disabilities in Boipatong and surrounding areas.“ACSA has, for the past three years, been rolling-out the Wheelchair Programme – donating wheelchairs to physically disabled persons, especially children of school going age. In part, this programme was, and continues to be motivated by ACSA’s drive to realize its business aspiration - moving people, changing lives,” said Ntuli.The motive behind this aspiration is to improve to mobility for people living with physical disabilities so that they too can become mobile and lead meaningful lives. In this regard, ACSA targets in particular those most in need, reaching them in areas where they reside, work or play. ACSA has donated 1456 wheelchairs countrywide since the programme’s inception.
For more information Contact:Solomon Makgale Manager Communications Corporate Office Airports Company South Africa
Direct: +27 (0) 11 723 1536 Fax to E-Mail: +27 (0) 86 602 0132 Cell: +27 (0) 82 781 8863 E-Mail: Solomon.Makgale@airports.co.za Web: www.acsa.co.za