MASICORP STATEMENT ON COVID-19 (29/03/2020)
Thank you to all our donors who have given towards the COVID-19 campaign, helping us to distribute hygiene packs to the Masi community. Thanks to your generosity, 600 families received soaps and cleaning materials, as well as education and information sharing of how the virus is spread.
Going forward, as per the limitations placed on us by the national shutdown, we are not permitted to be distributing further items at this time and have therefore put a hold on our fundraising efforts.
We are however in constant communication with local government and essential service NPO's working in the community throughout the lockdown and will be ready to assist if or when we receive the go ahead to do so.
Please keep South Africa and Masiphumelele in your thoughts during this time.
MASICORP STATEMENT ON COVID-19 (24/03/2020)
As per the President's address last night, South Africa will be subject to a nationwide lockdown starting midnight on Thursday 24th March until midnight 16th April 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. As of 24/03/2020, South Africa has 554 cases of COVID-19.
The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic.
Anyone not in these categories are subject to the enforced lockdown and movement will be limited. Further details in this regard will be released.
This is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Over the past week, Masicorp has been assisting community members and youth volunteers with relief and awareness campaigns in Masiphumelele. The team have been sanitising, packing and distributing hygiene packs, donated by our neighbours and supporters to families in Masiphumelele. Masicorp has also allocated funds and support towards these relief efforts.
This team has undertaken awareness campaigns to share the importance of regular handwashing, social distancing and explaining the need for people to stay indoors. During this time of lockdown, Masicorp will continue to liaise with local government and other NPO's to ascertain the best way for the community of Masiphumelele to be assisted.
We call on all our supporters and friends to keep South Africa and Masiphumelele in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
MASICORP STATEMENT ON COVID-19 (16/03/2020)
In light of the recent developments with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Masicorp are currently putting measures in place to protect our staff and beneficiaries. All visits to our programmes and offices by visitors, volunteers and donors will be postponed until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience, but feel this is the responsible thing to do to flatten the curve of possible transmissions.
As per President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address declaring a National State of Disaster, all South African schools will be closed from 18th March until 14th April. This will therefore also include our education programmes taking place in the schools. The Minister of Social Development has also announced that Early Childhood Development Centres (ECD’s) are to adhere to same closures as schools, with no exceptions. This will unfortunately affect not only our two ECD centres (Chasmay Educare and Masi Educare) but the many children attending our Stay & Play sessions from informal creches in Masi.
We are very aware that this is going to negatively impact many parents who are already under pressure to provide safe child care whilst earning an income for their families. Parents and caregivers will need to be away from their work to care for their children, and lose out on much needed income during this time.
The community of Masiphumelele is especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Residents live in close proximity to each other, have no alternative but to use public transport and have limited access to clean running water. There is a risk of transmitting the virus to immunoccompromised community members and other high risk individuals. This includes the elderly or those with medical conditions such as HIV, TB, amongst others.
We will be waiting to hear further information over the coming days and weeks and will communicate any changes or developments as they unfold. Please visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to keep up to date with the latest news.
We urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe and will be posting updates and advice as we receive them.
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