Intrepid Artscape wardrobe staff who have access to a domestic sewing machine have been manufacturing masks for their surrounding communities at home whilst on lockdown.
David Pamplin, who hails from the outlying Cape Town suburb of Macassar noticed that many in his area did not have masks or could not afford to buy them. This spurred him on to manufacture this much needed facial protection in the wake of COVID-19 as one of the measure so stem the spread and transmission of the coronavirus.
His nephews assist with the distribution including a donation to the Zandvliet Care Facility housing elderly patients – a high-risk group that could spell complications and even death if exposed to the coronavirus.
Pamplin has also partnered with an Artscape Box Office staff member, Martha Ndumile for who he manufactures masks to supply it free to the pensioners of the church that she attends.
Another wardrobe staff member. Annastacia Jacobs of Kuilsriver, assists her community with masks too. She commenced making masks since the third week of lockdown primarily for essential workers who toiled during lockdown level 5.
She says that she was inspired while being at home and “could make a difference do something to help people”.
While demand for masks have since fallen as most people have acquired them, she still continues to churn out this much needed facial apparel for present times.