- United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has organised the donation of over R702 000 worth of personal protection equipment (PPE)
- The critical equipment will be heading to healthcare centres, special schools, hospices and old age homes in the Eastern Cape province
- Holomisa donated the equipment in his capacity as the chair of the Champions of the Environment Foundation
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has donated a staggering R702 000 worth of personal protective equipment to healthcare centres, special schools, hospices and old age home.
Holomisa explained that the items would be handed out in the Eastern Cape, acting in his capacity as the chair of the Champions of the Environment Foundation.
DispatchLIVE reported that beneficiaries are in the OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo, Joe Gqabi, Amathole, Chris Hani, Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay metros.
PPE was offloaded by the truck full at the Mthatha Resource Centre in the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital before heading out to beneficiaries.
The equipment included 1 600 face masks, 1 000 latex gloves, 1 800 face shields and over 3 000 various sizes of sanitiser bottles.
Commenting on the decision, Holomisa explained that the intention had been to help the fight against the coronavirus, reports TimesLIVE.
“This is an effort to ensure that our health care workers who are in the frontline against the Covid-19 battle, as well those most vulnerable — the elderly, frail and the disabled — are protected and not easily exposed to this virus.”
The politician expressed the view that healthcare workers had every right to raise concerns over the shortage of PPE during the coronavirus outbreak.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Holomisa had collaborated with the Savoy Spar to donate 500 face shields to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital last week.
Holomisa urged citizens to adhere to lockdown regulations and stay home, commenting that:
“I have learnt with shock that some residents are afraid of others and are hiding in forests. I have phoned Police Minister Bheki Cele as other people are refusing to be quarantined and isolated,” he said.
The politician also feels that relaxing the lockdown from Level 5 to Level 4 was perhaps rushing the return to normal.
“We cannot afford to relax. We must approach the slow return to normality and 100% economic activity with discipline, patience and respect for the law.”
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