In response to COVID-19 outbreak, the Nelson Mandela Museum has embarked on a programme that will assist to flatten the curve of the pandemic. The museum has formed partnerships with the Department of Health as well as South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to participate in creating awareness in deep rural communities that are not well informed about the pandemic and is planning to distribute approximately 8 000 masks and pamphlets, which represents 28% of the OR Tambo District’s SASSA elderly beneficiaries. In this process the museum is supporting SMME’s in creating those masks.
On the 11th of May 2020, the museum visited two locations that included Ndimakude and Tombo Community Health Centre in Port St Johns and distributed face cloth masks, educational pamphlets and conducted verbal awareness discussion on the observation of social distancing and wearing of face cloth masks and is intending to cover beneficiaries in the OR Tambo Region in the next 6 months.
The museum will continue with an initiative to alleviate this unfortunate situation and will address it by means of purchasing and distributing food parcels to destitute homes and families. This initiative will involve collaboration with different stakeholders that include King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, OR Tambo District Municipality, SASSA, Department of Health and will be able to feed more than 450 families in the informal settlement within the OR Tambo District Municipality.
For more information call Nelson Mandela Museum Senior Manager Public Engagement and Marketing Ms Nontlahla Tandwa @ 072 791 3493 email Nontlahla@nelsonmandelamuseum.org.za