The Covid-19 and the devastating effect it has had on our country have highlighted the need for all South Africans to offer their support to those in great need.
Ensuring that all citizens are protected from Covid-19, the Harvest Group, as part of its corporate social investment, has rolled out a campaign to allocate 200,000 high-quality face masks to public schools to alleviate part of the pressure on the state and to ensure that children can continue to attend school, while having access to adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Shenton Sun, CEO of Harvest Group, said that amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the importance of protecting our children, especially with the third wave of infections expected as we head into the colder months of the year, is crucial in helping where the opportunity arises. jumpscares.
“By providing high quality masks to schools, we are able to ensure that children, their families and teachers in the school are protected against disease. As the government rushes to procure vaccines and roll them out to South Africans, we know there is still no cure or cure for Covid-19. “
As the pandemic reached our shores, Harvest Group reduced the range of potato sacks to allocate as much manufacturing capacity as possible to help South Africa fight the virus with high quality blown nonwoven fabric. by fusion blow molding and SS spun bond which is used to make surgical masks.
Working with Protechnik Larboratories to produce the best quality material comparable to international standards, they achieved 99% for BFE (bacterial filtration efficiency) for 3-layer masks, 98% PFE (particle filtration efficiency) for the mask FFP2. The SMS fabric receives a hydrostatic pressure of over 200mm which is standard for use in virus protection gowns and has been certified by DEFCON as a quality product.
“As a company, we have realized that the masks provided to the general public, and in particular to our children, are of inferior quality but because the general public does not have the equipment to test these masks, it is ‘is very difficult to discern. We have a lab with the equipment to test and quarantine all products to meet the South African standard. Sun, as the driving force behind the sponsorship of children’s face masks in South Africa, explains.
“Most of the masks that exist are not always of the best quality, so we have launched an initiative to provide SS-Spunbond and Meltblown material to the 5W masks, which then manufacture the masks. We and 5W masks do this at our own expense. Together, we are providing better quality masks to ensure the best protection for children and to support our local society, ”says Sun.
5W Mask, is a local mask manufacturer with BEE status based in Paarl, Western Cape. According to 5W Mask, “We are focusing specifically on the face mask because we have noticed a need in the market for quality, locally produced disposable respiratory products. We have invested a lot of time in researching the requirements of the local industry and designed a disposable mask that now compares favorably with the best products on the market. Our products not only meet legal requirements for occupational health and safety, but also environmental regulations relating to materials and their disposal. »Explained by William Hu, CEO of 5W.
The Guardian Africa, a local company created to help and protect South Africans, and play our role in rebuilding our economy in our country and on the African continent, is taking the same path as 5w to provide 100,000 3-ply masks to our school and initiative with the Harvest group.
The Kiley Baker group of companies, which includes KB Labels, one of the industry’s leading label printing companies specializing in flexographic label printing technologies, which enables us to print High quality labels on a range of substrates with a superior finish. customers are proud to apply for their products, was responsible for the labeling of the packaging of face masks delivered to schools of the initiative.
ISO accredited face mask recipients include Cape Agri Louterwater, Eduplex School, Jeugpark Elementary School, Mshuluzane Elementary School, Itau Milling, Palm Ridge High School, Sanddrift Brits Elementary School, Gamtoosvallei Elementary School, Kirkwood Combined School, Mclachlan Joubertina Combined School, Unitas Primary School, CVO VIVO School. Sanddrift Elementary School, Boithuto Swartwater Combined School, Suiderberg School for Children with Special Needs, Jacobsdal Elementary School, CVO Marmer Marble Hall School, Koedoesrand Baltimore Academy.
Schools, learners, academic staff and school governing bodies have been very grateful to the Harvest Group and other supporters for the generous face mask donations.
“Learners and academic staff are exposed to the risk of being exposed to Covid-19 on a daily basis. A face mask, made from premium material, can go the extra mile to save a life. Sun concludes.