Durban: At the ceremonial handover on Friday, 24 April 2020, attended by KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala and MEC of health Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, Sibaya Community Trust donated 300 000 protective masks valued at R4,5-million to the KwaZulu-Natal Government to help curb the spread of the Corona Virus.
The Trust chairman, Vivian Reddy, said their decision was based on the fact that there was a dire shortage of masks, particularly in impoverished areas.
“Research has shown that the use of these masks is the most effective measure in the stopping the spread of the virus. When we heard there was a shortage, we felt the need to step in.
“To us, there is no better investment than in one that save lives,” he said.
Reddy confirmed that the Trust would be providing the masks to Provincial Government, who would distribute them to residents living in informal communities and frontline workers; including nurses, doctors, clinic and community workers.
He also passed on strong messages to members of the public and 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 offer you greater protection against this wretched virus.
“Secondly, I would like to remind members of the public that each of us only has one life and we should respect it. Please practice social spacing and only leave home for emergency 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.