A CALL OUT TO EXISTING SOUTH AFRICAN OWNED, REGISTERED AND TAX COMPLIANT SMMEs AND COOPERATIVES TO SUBMIT INFORMATION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES
- Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of Covid-19 pandemic as a National State of Disaster; the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has identified SMMEs and Cooperatives as essential contributing partners in assisting the Country to combat this national and global pandemic.
- Fabric / Cloth face mask for the general public of South Africa is only part of a broader solution to curb the spread of COVID-19 and it must always be used in combination with other hygienic methods of prevention. The Department of Health has recommend for the use of fabric/ cloth face masks with the main benefit reducing the amount of Coronavirus or Influenza virus being coughed up by those with the infection thereby reducing its spread through droplets. Since some persons with the Coronavirus may not have symptoms or may not know they have it, everyone should wear a face-mask
- It is however noted that such masks are not a replacement for other recommended precautionary measures. They should not provide a false sense of protection that lead to a lapse in the application of proper preventative measures like personal hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and physical (social) distancing.
- Government is prioritised securing these products all the stakeholders nationally to urgently deal with the pandemic. DSBD is implementing swift interventions to support small businesses that manufacture these products such as hygiene, medical and food items and related support services businesses.
- This call out is meant to target ONLY South African Owned Small Businesses and Cooperatives (as Defined in terms of the National Small Enterprise Act 1997) that are manufacturing these products and/or are providing the services as outlined in the document.