Government receives massive Covid-19 donation to help millions at state health clinics

Dettol donates 400 handwash stations and a million bars of soap to promote proper hygiene practices

Johannesburg, South Africa, 03 September 2020 – Dettol has donated 400 handwash stations and a million bars of soap to be used at public health facilities around the country. South Africa’s leading and trusted hygiene and handwashing brand recognises that these items are crucial in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, officially received the donation, saying that it’s widely recognised that scaling up hygiene measures is a key intervention to prevent and minimise the spread of the virus amongst populations around the world. He added, “We are aware that water scarcity and lack of proper hygiene in facilities pose a major challenge in some of our health care facilities. Thus, these mobile stations are one of innovative measures designed to provide potable hand washing equipment where they are needed most. Primary health care facilities in districts identified as hot spots and areas without adequate hygiene facilities will benefit from this donation. 

Dettol has already begun delivery of the stations and soap directly to public health clinics countrywide. The initiative forms part of the Dettol Protects the Frontline campaign, which was launched in partnership with the National Department of Health, the Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape Departments of Health, and healthcare impact company, Triple Eight. 

Acting Gauteng MEC for Health, Jacob Mamabolo, acknowledged the importance of public–private partnerships, and hopes that they will strengthen with time, “I’d like to say to Triple Eight and Dettol that I’m going to assure you that none of the donations you are making to us will be missed in anyway or disappear or be unaccounted for. So, we’re promoting clean governance, clean administration, accountability, ethics and moral leadership as demanded by our country’s constitution and the laws that it creates. So, all this will be accounted for, and I guess that’s the reason why our province remains the destination of donations, and that’s because we uphold these very good values.”   

Dettol and Triple Eight’s campaign, with the support of government, aims to help health workers in the firing line in the battle against Covid-19 and focuses on hand hygiene behavioural change. 

Kunal Sahgal, Dettol Marketing Director, Africa, says, “We know that handwashing with soap and clean water is the first line of defence against Covid-19 and many 

other communicable diseases. In addition to the government, health and hygiene companies like Reckitt Benckiser have had an important role to play in ensuring 

access to and availability of soaps, sanitisers, and disinfectants to help communities protect themselves.”

South Africa has been severely impacted by the pandemic, which has claimed over 14 000 lives. There are just over 72 000 active cases from a total of over 625 000 confirmed cases. 

The Dettol foot-pump handwashing stations includae step-by-step instructions for correct handwashing with soap and clean water and will be placed at clinic entrances, where handwashing will be mandatory before entry. Together with the million bars of soap, this intervention will help approximately 200 000 individuals in public health facilities in South Africa each day. They will have better access to hygiene education and protection from the virus and other infectious diseases, like diarrhoea. Dr Susan Louw, Dettol Spokesperson and Pathologist at the National Health Laboratory Service, explains, “Communicable diseases, including Covid-19 and diarrhoea, are transmitted by a failure to practise basic hygiene. Research shows that washing hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to prevent communicable diseases and can reduce diarrhoea deaths by more than 40%.” 

Dettol soaps have been tested and proven to be effective against the Covid-19 virus. This is not the first intervention by the company. Sarika Modi, Triple Eight MD, says “Over the past eight years, Dettol has partnered with us in a series of school and clinic programmes, with the full support of the Department of Health, in an effort to reduce preventable deaths from hygiene-related illnesses and to give families the gift of better health.”

Another ongoing campaign is the Dettol New Mum Programme, which has, to date, reached over 3 million mothers in public clinics in SA, giving them access to lifesaving hygiene and handwashing education. Dettol has also donated over 3 million bars of soap to help kickstart better practices in the home, at a time when good hygiene is critical to taking care of their new-born babies. The programme has also created jobs for previously unemployed mums who are trained as health workers.


07 Sep 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Vitality has announced new deals with six football clubs, covering both men’s and women’s teams with each.

The health and life insurance company says its commitment to the women’s teams in particular will highlight the gap in physical activity between men and women, something it says has been exacerbated during the coronavirus lockdown.

The brand has announced new deals with Bournemouth Women, Newcastle United Women, and Leicester City Women, as well as the men's and women's teams at Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Southampton. Vitality has additionally confirmed an extension to the partnership it has with the Bournemouth men's team.

Vitality says the exact partnership it has with each club differs, but includes either shirt or short sponsorship or Official Wellness Partnerships, depending on the club.

“We are pleased to announce our partnerships with these six football clubs, across both the men’s and women’s game,” said, Neville Koopowitz, CEO, Vitality.

“Today’s announcements affirms our commitment to the women’s game and our aspiration to inspire many more women and girls to get and stay physically active. There has never been a more important time to get involved in women’s football, and including both the women’s and men’s teams in our football partnerships acknowledges the stark difference between how active men and women are, and the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on women’s activity levels. 

“By working with the clubs we hope to drive visibility of both the women and men’s team, showcasing this great sport and encouraging millions more people to get active and play football, which is all in line with our core purpose to make people healthier and enhance and protect their lives.”

Vitality says it will work with the clubs to drive visibility of the women’s game and inspire girls and women to take up football and other sports.


08 Sep 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Six-Time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has created a new team, X44, which will make its debut in Extreme E.

Named with reference to Lewis’s own racing number, X44 will enter Season 1 of the Extreme E Championship, with its first X Prix race scheduled to take place in early 2021.

Hamilton will not race behind the wheel himself, nor will he be involved with the new outfit on a day-to-day basis, however he will guide the creation of the team as it looks to be competitive in the competition.

Hamilton said: “Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder. Of course, my ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula One mean that I won’t be operationally involved in X44, but I’m excited to play a different role in this new series, one that brings my vision for a more sustainable and equal world to life.

“Extreme E really appealed to me because of its environmental focus. Every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, together with my love for our planet, to have a positive impact.

“Not only will we visit remote locations facing the front line of the climate crisis, we will also work closely with these locations and leading climate experts to share our knowledge and leave behind a positive legacy in each location which goes far beyond the race track. 

X44 and its Extreme E competitors will race electric vehicles in five remote locations; arctic, desert, rainforest, glacier, and coastal; which are already damaged or severely under threat of climate change from a range of serious issues including melting ice caps, deforestation, desertification and rising sea levels. 0�U�g���

President Ramaphosa to engage with SANEF

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa will this evening engage in a question-and-answer session with the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).

The engagement is part of the President’s ongoing dialogue with different sectors of society.

It also fulfills a commitment the President gave SANEF during a similar engagement on 31 May 2020, that he would interact with SANEF and other media institutions as part of maintaining transparency and dialogue with various stakeholders in society.

As was the case on 31 May, this evening’s virtual meeting will be broadcast publicly.

“The session gives editors, senior journalists and analysts an opportunity to put questions to the President on matters of national importance, including, currently, South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to limit the spread of the COVID-19, and the national effort towards economic reconstruction,” the Presidency said in a statement. "dyna�W���

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