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SALGA Western Cape Donates PPES to Municipalities through a Solidarity Fund

Oudtshoorn, 10 February 2021 – The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in Western Cape will hand over a donation of Personal Protective Equipment to Oudtshoorn and Theewaterskloof municipalities on Wednesday, 10 February 2021. The donation comes as part of the SALGA Solidarity Fund contribution to identified municipalities across the nine (9) provinces.
SALGA’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on 10 April 2020, resolved to recommend that councillors, municipal officials and SALGA staff should respond to the President’s call of making a financial contribution towards the response to the Covid-19 pandemic following the national state of disaster declaration.

The Solidarity Fund was created as a platform for all South Africans from the public and private sector, civil society as well as the public in general, to unite the nation in the response against the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The targeted beneficiaries for the PPE’s are frontline workers responsible for the provision of essential services, such as municipal waste collectors, municipal health services officials, cemetery maintenance officials, water and sanitation officials and other employees fitting into the category of frontline workers.

The package includes disposable coveralls, disposable gowns, surgical gloves as well as Heavy duty gloves. Two municipalities (comprising of 1 local municipality and 1 district municipality) per province were identified as beneficiaries for the SALGA Solidarity Fund. SALGA Western Cape identified Theewaterskloof and Outdshoorn Municipalities as beneficiaries of the fund. The distribution is made possible through a partnership with the two municipalities.

“It is a privilege for SALGA – as the sphere of government closest to the communities, to be able to contribute towards curbing spread of Covid-19, by ensuring that essential workers in our municipalities are able to protect themselves,” said Mr Khalil Mullagie, Provincial Director of Operations, Western Cape.

Members of the media are invited to the handover of the PPEs as follows:

Date:  10 February 2021

Venue: Theewaterskloof Municipality Offices, at 9AM and Oudtshoorn Municipality Offices at 4PM