Global beauty and personal care brand company Avon Justine has joined nationwide relief efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus by pledging 1.5 tons of hand sanitisers to the South African Police Services (SAPS).
The hand sanitizers will be handed over to senior officials of the SAPS and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation for distribution among law enforcement officials.
“We are delighted for this kind gesture which will go a long way to help in bolstering our defences against this pandemic. Our members are exposed to this pandemic daily, risking life and limb in the exercise of their duties. These hand sanitizers will give police officials the peace of mind in the full knowledge that they have the proven and effective defence against coronavirus,” says Col Katlego Mogale
Mafahle Mareletse, Avon Justine Managing Director for Turkey, Middle East and Africa, concurs: “Our law enforcement officials are the unsung heroes and heroines who are putting their lives on the line to protect us against this invisible enemy. As a socially responsible and caring corporate citizen, we are acutely conscious that the fight against COVID-19 is not the responsibility of any single entity or government department. It requires all of us to put our shoulders to the wheel and do whatever we can to help in the relief efforts.
We are pleased and grateful that the SAPS and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation have given us the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the fight against COVID-19. We are aware that the need for these critical supplies is becoming greater as the rate of infections continue, however, we hope that the distribution of these products will be biased in favour of hotspots where the infection rates are worryingly high.”
@MafahleMarelet2 @Leone_Chloe @MsNdabezitha @Refilwe__M Avon Justine hands over the much needed sanitizers to the @SAPoliceService #crimeunit #AvonJustinesafetogether pic.twitter.com/qUeRNf9ftf
— Bridget Bhengu (@bridgetontwita) June 5, 2020
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has identified the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng as hotspots areas where confirmed infection rates and coronavirus related deaths are stubbornly high.
As of 04 June 2020, confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa increased to 40792, while the number of deaths climbed to 848, and recoveries stood at 21311. (the source for stats is the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) website.