Minister Marais donates 1700 facemasks to the Greater Tygerberg Partnership | Western Cape Government


Minister Marais donates 1700 facemasks to the Greater Tygerberg Partnership

21 August 2020

Yesterday, Minister Anroux Marais handed over 1700 face masks to The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) who have been proactively assisting the Bellville community during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

This handover forms part of the province’s hotspot strategy, where various interventions are being made in the areas identified as hotspots for fast growing rates of COVID-19 infections. While there are many areas in the Tygerberg hotspot which are densely populated, and where gathering takes places for the purpose of grocery shopping or accessing government services, everyone can play their part to help curb the spread of the virus by wearing a mask, regularly washing or sanitizing their hands, and maintaining a social distance.

At the handover, Minister Marais commended GTP for facilitating the distribution of more than 7500 masks and 1 ton (1337kg) of food, feeding over 1000 per week in the area during this difficult time. Minister Marais said, “As they share the 5 golden rules of hygiene and present the facemasks to the various NGO beneficiaries in the days to come, we thank them for assisting us in driving awareness on staying safe and saving lives in the spaces where it is most needed”.

The GTP’s CEO Warren Hewitt said, “The Greater Tygerberg Partnership welcomes the generous donation of 1700 masks from the Western Cape Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. Thank you especially to Minister Anroux Marais for taking an interest in the health and wellbeing of our community. Although we have entered Level 2 of lockdown, we must continue to be extra vigilant with our hygiene practices in order to keep our infection rate down. The demand for assistance with masks in impoverished communities continues to be extremely high so this will go a long way to helping us protect our most vulnerable citizens in Bellville.” 

Leonora’s Feeding Scheme, which the GTP has assisted with a fundraising campaign to continue feeding 500 families a week will be one of the beneficiaries of masks as well as:

  • Bellville Haven  
  • Elim Night Shelter  
  • MES Safe Space  
  • MES Meath Street  
  • KRAC (Kids Rising Above Their Circumstances)  
  • Bella Vista senior citizens home  
  • Huis Andre van Der Walt  
  • Huis Oakdale  
  • CANSA CHILDREN - Tygerberg hospital  
  • Abused Women in Parow  
  • Bellville Senior Centrum  
  • Rusoord vir Dowes
Media Enquiries: 

Stacy McLean
Spokesperson for the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais
083 504 1171