By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Mamelodi Sundowns of Pretoria’s President Patrice Motsepe has pledged a huge donation aimed at helping in the relief and fight against the dreaded Covid-19 in the rainbow nation.
The 2016 CAF Champions League winners’ President has pledged the sum of R1-billion in the fight against the the Coronavirus.
South Africa is so far the worst hit country on the African continent, and the country went into a state of lockdown since Friday March 27, as the government tries to contain and reduce the spread of the deadly virus.
“The Motsepe family in partnership with companies and organizations that they are associated with, have pledged R1-billion to assist with the current Coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic and its related challenges that are confronting South Africa and the African continent,” a statement from Mamelodi Sundowns’ website read.
Africa is still considered as one of the continents if not the continent in which all has to be done to reduce the spread of the the virus without which its limited health personnel and facilities will simply be overwhelmed and the world fears for the worst.
Mr Motsepe in conjunction with Sanlam and African Rainbow Capital amongst other companies he is associated with are trying to support efforts aimed at curbing the spread of the virus on the continent and South Africa in particular.
“Several hundred millions of rands will immediately be made available with the primary objective of saving lives and slowing and restraining the spread of the Coronavirus,” Motsepe said in a statement issued on Saturday.
“We are purchasing sanitizers, disinfectants, Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] and are in discussions with Government, health workers and other stakeholders to assist in acquiring other equipment and making resources available which are essential for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We’ve been advised that access to water for regular washing of hands is crucial for slowing and limiting the spread of the Coronavirus. We are therefore providing water to poor rural and urban communities by purchasing water tanks [jojos], drilling and equipping for borehole water and also building sanitary facilities.
“The current lockdown has an impact on the goods, equipment and services that can be purchased immediately and the goods and services which can be provided when the lockdown has been terminated.”
Also preoccupied about the effects of the pandemic on the smooth functioning of education and the potential consequences, the Sundowns President is also considering possibilities of boosting the restart of schools following the lockdown.
“Our short to medium term interventions include building additional classrooms, computer centres and laboratories in all 9 provinces of South Africa to assist with the excessively high number of students per classroom in some schools,” he added.
“Particularly in the context of the current Coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing requirements.
“These schools in the poor rural and urban areas which do not have internet access or facilities will be assisted with study guides, scientific calculators, dictionaries and other educational equipment and facilities identified in consultation with the Department of Basic Education, school principals and teachers.”
The Brazilians’ boss is also aiming to put systems in place that will help to educate those who have refused to abide to the rules of lockdown, who are seen to be ignoring the government’s clarion call for all to stay at home and maintain social distancing.
“Poor and underdeveloped communities are ill-prepared to deal with the serious challenges and consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic and are in dire need of our assistance and contributions.
“We are committed to the provision of quality education, infrastructure and other facilities to better prepare and equip them to deal with future pandemics or catastrophes,” the Sundowns boss concluded.
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