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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sanlam commits TZS 172,500,000 to flattening the COVID-19 curve in Tanzania

Minister for Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ummy Mwalimu (third left), receives a dummy cheque for Tsh 172,500,000 donated by Sanlam Life Insurance Tanzania and Sanlam General Insurance Tanzania to support government efforts in fighting against corona (covid-19) pandemic in Dar es Salaam recently. From Left are; Sanlam Life Insurance Head of HR and Corporate Services, Charles Mbaga, Sanlam Life Insurance Tanzania Chief Executive Officer, Khamis Suleiman, Sanlam Board Chairman, Ambassador Dr. Matern Lumbanga, Sanlam East Africa Regional Executive, Julius Magabe and Sanlam General Chief Executive Officer, Gift Noko.

By our staff reporter

As the number of Tanzanians who have tested positive for the corona (COVID-19) Virus continue to rise, Sanlam Life Insurance Tanzania and Sanlam General Insurance Tanzania, the leading providers of dynamic and innovative insurance solutions respectively, have stepped up to contribute to national efforts to reduce the impact of the disease, known technically as ‘flattening the curve’.

Sanlam Companies have donated TZS 172,500,000 to the National Relief Fund to fight COVID-19 to the Prime Minister of United Republic of Tanzania, Honorable Kassim Majaliwa (MP) and received by the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu (MP) on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Speaking during the event, Mr. Julius Magabe, the company’s Regional Executive Officer for East Africa, explained that Sanlam is highly conscious of the fact that the prevailing situation is totally unprecedented and that the country has found itself needing to deal with a large-scale health and social behavior change intervention.

“We recognize that there are people are in urgent medical needs following circumstances precipitated by rising positive COVID-19 cases, and during this critical period, as responsible corporate citizens, we deem it important, to take part in supporting the government’s efforts in ensuing the health and safety of families, colleagues and communities at large,” said Mr. Magabe.

He explained that the Sanlam Group and its Tanzanians entities (Sanlam Life and Sanlam General), believe that it was important to ensure public awareness and compliance is desired behavior change for people to remain safe.

Hon, Ummy, on behalf of the Prime Minister, thanked Sanlam management for supporting the government’s efforts at the right time.

“Your support is highly appreciated as it arrived on the right time, when it is highly needed. With thanks, we urge other business entities as well as individuals to continue supporting the government on this fight. We promise we will not let you down,” said Hon Ummy.

In the meantime, the Sanlam companies have activated socially responsible protocols including establishing new working arrangements and where appropriate, reducing the number of staff at office premises with shorter working hours to minimize exposure.
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