12 August 2020
Santam, handed over 64 disinfecting equipment kits to 32 Special Needs schools in the North West province. The handover took place at the Oom Paul Special Needs School in Rustenburg, with representatives from the Department of Basic Education and educators present.
“As high-risk areas for the transmission of COVID-19, schools must be well-equipped to deal with the challenges of proper disinfection and sanitising protocols to ease the minds of both learners and parents," says John Lomberg, head of Stakeholder Relations and CSI at Santam.
This donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) is the first in a series of Santam's handovers of kits to schools across the country over the next few days. It also follows the group's R10 million contribution to the Solidarity Fund and R10 million donation to various corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives that assist health workers and other essential service employees. In total, 168 kits will be distributed to 84 schools countrywide, notably Free State, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga.
In addition to the provision of PPE kits, the handover event included the training of school representatives on how to use the equipment by National Security and Fire, a safety and security solutions provider. The kits comprise of the following:
- Motorised pressurised sprayer
- Hazmat suit
- Respirator cartridges x 4
- Chemicals in application dilution 4 x 20 litres (1 litre of chemical solution covers 100 square meters)
The training comprised the correct use of the equipment, application of chemicals, identification of surfaces to apply the chemicals and pre-risk assessment methods.
“It's our hope that once educators and learners return to school, they will feel safe in an environment that follows the strictest requirements of sanitisation, with staff that possess the knowledge to use the equipment as and when required," adds Lomberg.