A group of elderly persons and people with disabilities in Sasolburg have received face masks for protection against the coronavirus. Meant to help the 3 000 recipients to safeguard themselves against the spread of the pandemic, the masks are courtesy of energy and chemical company Sasol Sasolburg Operations.Rightwell Laxa, vice-president of Sasol’s Sasolburg Operations, said the company’s gesture is in response to the national Department of Health’s recommendation that everyone in South Africa should wear a mask when in public. In addition to procuring and donating face masks, Laxa said the company has also partnered with numerous government and community-based entities in the Free State to help combat the spread of Covid-19 as part of its host community response plan. He said the company distributes 2 000 litres of sanitiser weekly to 41 clinics and five hospitals in the Fezile Dabi district. Distribution of sanitisers include the local police, public safety and correctional services.Laxa said the company procured a local small business Mampoi Exclusive Designs to produce the masks, thereby empowering local entrepreneurs. The business is owned and managed by Mampoi Zwane from a Sasolburg township, Zamdela. Zwane is delighted with the support from the company during these trying times.“The support has contributed significantly to also enable us to buy much needed equipment such as an industrial sewing machine that has enabled us to vastly increase our production,” said Zwane. According to Laxa, the company also donated 30 700 pairs of surgical gloves and an additional 2 700 masks to the Fezile Dabi District Department of Health for use by health care workers. They also donated 300 000 educational pamphlets on Covid-19 for distribution in the community.