Science and tech centre produces sanitisers and masks

Some of the bottled hand sanitisers produced by the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre
HELPING HAND: Some of the bottled hand sanitisers produced by the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre
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The Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre has produced hand sanitisers and other safety goods in a bid to assist the department of education with the reopening of schools .

In a statement, the Uitenhage centre said it had produced 2,000 bottles of hand sanitisers, 1,000 face masks as well as hand lotions with antibacterial and antiviral properties.

The science and technology centre’s manager,  Singathwa Kuli, said: “We understand the socioeconomic challenges posed by Covid-19.

“Hence we have prioritised employing 15 unemployed members of the community. The objective of the programme is to empower these 15 individuals through skills development.”

The hand sanitisers will be distributed to local organisations, SMMEs, NGOs, the Mandela Bay Development Agency and reopened schools, according to a  statement.

Educational support programmes for teachers and pupils have been provided by the centre, which include identifying and nurturing poorly resourced schools in the region.

“The science and technology centre is well prepared to assist the department of basic education with their curriculum catch-up strategy.

“This is to ensure that pupils, more especially grade 12 pupils, are well equipped for further studying as the schools reopen on June 1,” Kuli said.

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