South Africa – Mkhize thanks big businesses, national lottery for donations

Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize, deputy health Minister Mathume Joseph Phaahla & ITHUBA Chairperson, Mr Seth Phalatsi uniting against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has thanked big business and the national lottery for its donation of 100 000 reusable cloth masks for frontline health workers. The minister also made use of the opportunity to confirm the latest statistics.

Dr Mkhize made the announcement at the Ithuba Holding Offices in Krammerville in Johannesburg, where he and Police Minister, Bheki Cele, received a large consignment of Personal Protective Equipment and other resources from the private sector.

The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 8 232 from 7 808 on Thursday. The Western Cape has the highest number of cases at 3 994 with 79 deaths.

Chairman of Ithuba Seth Phalatsi says –  “Ensuring the safety of health care workers is the least we can do.”

As the country ramps up its fight against the virus, the private sector has stepped in to offer a helping hand. Donations ranged from Personal Protective Equipment, fuel to transport essential staff and services, other resources that could assist in curbing the spread of the virus.

“We proud to be able to join government efforts by donating much-needed resources,”  – adds Bank of China CEO, Tao Li.

The ministers of health and police encouraged other private sector players to follow suit.

Dr Mkhize says –

“This donation is adding a new color to the whole fight because our challenge now is that those in the frontline must be exemplary. They need to ensure they can protect themselves. Durability is a trend we are seeing. We have seen a lot of creativity where people are creating new masks.”


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