Honda Motor Southern Africa is donating high quality, reliable, mobile generators to support South African healthcare services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project, operated in partnership with the Gift of the Givers Foundation, will make generators available to clinics and hospitals as and when required, to alleviate the impact of power disruptions on the quality and availability of urgent medical care.

The Gift of the Givers Foundation is one of the largest non-governmental disaster response organisations in Africa. Gift of the Givers will coordinate the logistics involved in moving the generators to health services locations in need.

The generators are robust, low-weight and fully mobile, allowing for the provision of emergency generation capacity at comparatively short notice. Each generator can power a range of essential equipment for 5.8 hours of continuous operation.

Dinesh Govender, General Manager of Corporate and Automobiles at Honda Motor Southern Africa, has lauded Gift of the Givers for its assistance: “We understand that the world – and South Africa – faces unprecedented challenges as a result of the pandemic. We all have to do what we can to assist one another, especially when we’re dealing with issues of life and death. Having emergency generating capacity available at the right time and place will save lives, and Honda is very grateful to be able to make a contribution.”

Gift of the Givers Founder, Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, emphasises the cumulative effect of individual contributions: “Hospitals are facing a serious surge in demand due to the impact of COVID-19. Having reliable electricity is absolutely critical. These generators supplied by Honda will allow us to respond to hospital requests as the need arises, multiplying the impact of the donation in terms of lives saved.”