Mentorship Update


Atlas Copco Launch Second Supply Chain Programme

In 2012, with support from SWHAP, Atlas Copco Zambia implemented a supply chain programme that saw five companies successfully complete the mentorship process and go on to implement wellness activities that contributed to the better health and wellbeing of their employees. On 23 August, building on from that experience and the lessons learnt, Atlas Copco launched the second round of the supply chain programme for another five companies in the hospitality, transport and logistics, and mining sectors.

The second supply chain programme commenced with management sensitisation in Chingola where the business case for the uptake of workplace wellness, HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support interventions was presented.  Senior management from Atlas Copco and the mentee companies attended the meeting and also discussed the mentorship process, roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders and the expected outcomes.

The programme is expected to promote sustainable productivity by enhancing employee health and wellbeing in the mentee companies. The participating companies commended Atlas Copco for an initiative that strengthens business cooperation and relationships with other companies calling it: ‘an ideal model of modern business relationship management’.

South Africa

The Sandvik South Africa Supply Chain Programme is progressing well. Seven companies committed to the mentorship process in February and have so far conducted management sensitisation, selection and training of steering committees, and started the policy development process. Additionally, baseline knowledge, attitudes and practices surveys have been conducted at Progressive Signs, Drill Rod Specialists and ASA Fabrication.

Turnkey Hydraulics a company under the mentorship programme has already conducted a wellness day with employees pledging to take responsibility for their health.


In Zimbabwe, 28 steering committee members from seven previously supported companies under the Atlas Copco and Sandvik mentorship programmes underwent capacity building on 11 August. The focus of the training was to re-appraise committees on the foundation principles that support responsive workplace HIV and wellness programmes and to enhance capacities for developing workplace HIV and wellness strategies and workplans.

The training has been an eye opener and provided a platform to learn and exchange ideas from other organisations. This will be key in driving the wellness programme in our workplace. As a committee member, I take home the drive, energy and passion to implement. Farai Marara, Area Manager, Servcor (former Sandvik Mining and Construction mentee company).

And finally, congratulations to Revco Zimbabwe (SKF Distributor) on the launch of their mentorship programme with ProSec. Management sensitisation was held on 2 August. And to Unifreight who launched their HIV and AIDS Policy on 18 September in Harare. Unifreight were under the Scanlink mentorship programme.

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