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Goodyear South Africa committed to energizing employees and community

Goodyear Gym 1: (from left) Ray Norris, Goodyear EMEA Commercia Manufacturing Director; Ian Hind, Goodyear South Africa Manufacturing Director and Darren Hayes-Powell, Goodyear South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Managing Director in the new Goodyear Gym.

Today, Goodyear South Africa announced the official opening of an onsite gym facility for its employees at the Goodyear Recreational Centre in Uitenhage.

Goodyear embarked on a journey to make the Goodyear gym a reality a few years ago following a request by employees. This is a free of charge access gym facility for Goodyear employees and is aligned to a Goodyear global program called GoodLife. This program aims to maximize the health and well-being of employees at work and at home. It also aims to build a culture of health and wellness and enable employees to easily identify health-related risks and equip them with the basic tools they need to be able to take appropriate measures to improve their wellbeing.

"It is important to us as an organization to keep our teams energized and engaged. The gym is part of our engagement strategy to promote wellness and good health amongst our employees," explains Goodyear South Africa Group Managing Director, Darren Hayes-Powell.

In putting together this gym facility, Goodyear partnered with The Hope Factory to design a programme that enables Goodyear's Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Programme. Through this partnership Siwongile Nunu and Bradley Christian are the Goodyear Gym Managers who form part of Goodyear's Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme called, Umthombo Development Programme. This is testament to Goodyear's commitment to transformation through the development of Black entrepreneurs and enterprises.

At the launch held at the Goodyear Recreation Centre, where the gym is based, Goodyear employees took to the brand-new treadmills and bicycles to rack up kilometres for charity. For each kilometre done by an employee, Goodyear South Africa made a donation to their partner school Stephen Nkomo Primary based in Kwanobuhle. In total the employees done 115 kilometres, raising R17 250.00.

"Promoting collaboration with our stakeholders and having energised teams is core to the success of our organisation. All our stakeholders are critical to us having an agile and innovative organisation that sets the technology and performance standard for the industry", concluded Darren Hayes - Powell.

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