As South Africa’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities continue to climb, along with the current global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the coming weeks may seem bleak.
Fortunately – due to a significant monetary donation - the nation’s battle against the Coronavirus will be a little easier.
Dr Zweli Mkhize, SA’s Minister of Health, announced the donation on Twitter - “We are excited & encouraged to receive a donation from the Motsepe Foundation. Top of the list is 200 thousand surgical masks.”
Earlier in the thread, the Dr Mkhize also touched on the country’s current stock of essential resources saying that “we have not completely run out of equipment. There are different provisions for different areas”, adding that there is enough stock to last 6-8 weeks. South Africa will then become self-sufficient in producing its own protective resources.
Mr Mkhize went on to say that this donation enabled the department to pay for PPE’s in advance to help combat the further spread of the deadly virus.
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