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MBDA, NMU team up to #MaskUp communities
In front from left are Cape Recife Principal Jacques Hugo, NMU’s Professor Pieter Binsbergen and MBDA spokesperson Luvuyo Bangazi. Behind them are learner representatives from Cape Recife School.Photo: SUPPLIED

ON Friday, June 12, the Mandela Bay Development Agency, an entity of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, teamed up with the Nelson Mandela University’s visual arts department to deliver the first batch of a uniquely designed mask to Cape Recife School in Summerstrand.

This initiative follows another delivery that took place on Thursday, June 11, at the Khulile Primary School in Motherwell, where the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA)-operated Science and Technology Centre provided more than 300 items of World Health Organisation compliant masks and sanitisers.

Professor Pieter Binsbergen of the NMU, a member of the University’s Covid-19 responses, said, “Cape Recife School is the first stop to receive 100 masks and Covid-19 prevention information fliers as part of the #MaskUpMandela initiative supported through funding by the MBDA.

“It made sense for the university to start here, a neighbouring school for physically challenged learners.

“We must prioritise the most vulnerable in our communities.”

On hand to receive the masks was school principal, Jacques Hugo, who thanked the university and the MBDA for coming to the rescue with the important Covid-19 PPE.

MBDA spokesperson, Luvuyo Bangazi, said, “The agency is satisfied that the most deserving and most vulnerable are receiving support through the partnership with the university.

“Also important to us is the empowerment and capacitation of smaller enterprises inclusive development, as we know that the masks were produced through a cooperative,” Bangazi said.

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