South African smartphone manufacturer Mara Phones is supplying the Department of Health with 500 locally-made Mara X smartphones at no charge to provide a welcome boost to the national department’s fight against COVID-19.
Recognising the importance of quality connectivity to encourage more South Africans to stay at home, Mara Phones says it is also pledging to assist those who similarly wish to donate devices to worthy individuals and organisations.
“Mara Phones is contributing in two ways towards government’s efforts during these uncertain times,” said Sylvester Taku, Head of Growth at Mara Phones.
“We are donating the 500 devices to the Department of Health and also offering to subsidise the provision of Mara Phones by anyone who would like to donate a handset to any essential worker or entity at the frontline of the battle to contain the spread of this virus.”
The pledge to subsidise smartphones seeks to allow willing and able South Africans to contribute and participate towards containing and eradicating the spread of this virus by affording frontline workers an opportunity to be connected.
“We are aware of the massive disruptions that everyone has incurred and we appeal to organisations and individuals to take a moment to assist those people who are sacrificing being away from their families for the wellbeing of our country, “ said Taku.