At a small, ceremonial handover on Friday, 24 April attended by Premier Sihle Zikalala and the MEC for health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, the Sibaya Community Trust donated 300 000 masks valued at R4,5-million to the KwaZulu-Natal Government.
Chairman of the Sibaya Community Trust, Vivian Reddy said the donation will help to address the need for masks, particularly in impoverished areas.
“Research has shown that wearing masks could help to curb the transmission of Coronavirus. When we heard there was a shortage, we felt that we needed to step in,” he said.
Reddy confirmed that the Trust has provided the masks to the Provincial Government which would distribute them amongst residents of informal communities and frontline workers, including nurses, doctors, clinic and community workers.
He also had messages for members of the public as well as frontline workers.
“I must say a big thank you to essential and frontline workers. You have been doing a sterling job and I hope the gear we are providing will bring you some peace of mind.
“Secondly, I would like to remind members of the public that each of us only has one life and we should look after it. Please practice social distancing and only leave home for essential purposes,” he said.
This initiative follows shortly on the Vivian Reddy Foundation’s donation of R700 000 worth of disposal nappies and R2,5m worth of sanitary pads to the Provincial Government, at the commencement of the Covid-19 lockdown.
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