Handover of cloth masks to agri-workers and visit to Distell’s hand sanitiser plant

Department of Agriculture
14 April 2020
Minister Meyer with agri workers Estelle Fredericks, Gemima Makatees and Petrus Galant.jpg

Statement by Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture

Today, I visited the De Fynne Nursery in Paarl where I handed over the first of 100 000 cloth masks to be distributed to agri-workers across the Western Cape. I also visited the Distell Monis Production Plant, a section of which has been repurposed to produce alcohol based sanitiser in response to the Covid-19 virus.

During the handover of masks, I emphasized the correct use and care of a mask in ensuring that we stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

I stressed that wearing a mask was a further precautionary measure to observe. I highlighted in particular how to put on the mask, and the correct procedures to adopt while wearing and taking off the mask.

Distell’s decision to commit 100 000 litres of alcohol, to be used to produce sanitisers as well as a variety of other hygienic and sanitising products, should be lauded.

It is an example of what is possible when a key role-player within the agriculture value chain displays good corporate citizenship by responding positively to the call for solidarity in our fight against the Covid-19 virus.

The sanitisers will be distributed free to vulnerable communities across South Africa as a way to encourage good hygiene practices.

I look forward to working closely with Distell to identify these communities, and support the roll-out of the sanitisers.

Johan van Zyl of Distell and Minister Ivan Meyer.jpg

I thank our farmers, agri-workers and related businesses such as Distell for remaining steadfast in their commitment to food production in a safe and hygienic environment.

Stay at home, keep social distancing, wash your hands and when outside wear a mask.

Photo captions:

Top: Minister Ivan Meyer with agri-workers Estelle Fredericks, Gemima Maketees and Petrus Galant

Below: Johan van Zyl of Distell and Minister Ivan Meyer.