Renault donates vehicles to KZN healh care

Phila Ma Campaign in KZN assisted

Renault donates vehicles to KZN healh care

Renault South Africa’s commitment to improving the lives and welfare of local communities in need has seen the delivery by Renault Fleet of three sponsored vehicles to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health to assist with the rolling out of its Phila Ma Campaign of which the First Lady, Ms Thobeka Madiba Zuma, is a patron and key messenger.

Literally translated Phila Ma means “be healthy woman” and on hearing about the campaign, Valerie Ratsoma, who is directly responsible for the National Government Fleet at Renault Fleet says her first thought was: “How can we be of help?”

It was quickly established that the campaign was in urgent need of vehicle sponsorship, sturdy vehicles that would be able to cope with the challenging road conditions encountered in many of the outlying regions which Phila Ma is serving.

The Renault Trafic 1.9 dCi D Panel and 1.6 8V Kangoo Express vans as well as the 1.6 Sandero Stepway hatchback were immediately identified as being the Renault vehicles most suited to the arduous task at hand and a “no strings attached” sponsorship deal has now been concluded.

“Efficient and effective transport to support service delivery and enable the KwaZulu-Natal Health Provincial Department to provide quality health care is the backbone to the upliftment of the poorest in our society,” says Bongani E. Khanyile, KZN Health Provincial and Departmental Fleet Manager.

“We acknowledge the role and greatly appreciate the generous gesture by Renault Fleet, not only through their sponsorship of the Phila Ma campaign, but also their ability to provide transport to our department in times of need. Undoubtedly Renault has subscribed to the philosophy of government and the private sector forging good partnerships to improve service delivery.”

The Phila Ma campaign seeks to create awareness of the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening and also to spread the message that early detection saves lives.

More than simply spreading the word however, Phila Ma is actively walking the talk by providing essential health screening services which have largely been lacking for women at community level. The campaign has adopted a woman-to-woman “Save a Sister!” approach that not only increases knowledge about cancers and their timely detection within these communities, but also explains how a responsible attitude and healthy lifestyle can save lives.

In addition to breast and cervical cancer screening procedures, services include HIV and TB testing and counselling, pregnancy screening, family planning and child health care advice, blood pressure and blood sugar screening and the referral, where necessary, to treatment programmes.

Renault Fleet’s Valerie Ratsoma is doing a sterling job at National Government Fleet level and we thank her for bringing the needs of the Phila Ma campaign to our attention,” says Fabien Payzan, vice president of marketing at Renault South Africa.

“Renault takes its social responsibility commitment very seriously and we feel privileged to be able to work together in this small way with the KZN Department of Health and help save lives in these communities.”


Renault Fleet was established in June 2012 for fleet buyers and as a business-to-business tool for the brand’s dealer network; to enable them to transact directly with business buyers’ across the full spectrum of public and private operators, long term rental and full maintenance leasing companies and government.

With initial pricing, overall cost of ownership, performance and reliability top-of-mind with fleet buyers, these criteria were key to the pillar models earmarked for Renault Fleet and according to Leslie Ramsoomar, vice president of Sales and Operations at Renault South Africa, those models believed to be the most fleet-appropriate across the passenger and light commercial vehicle sectors were identified.


The Renault Fleet programme is backed by, a dedicated one-stop portal that provides accessible, around-the-clock fleet and related information for Renault’s dealer fleet executives and their fleet customers explains Brian Smith, National Fleet and Pre-Owned Manager at Renault SA.

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