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Covid-19 Mask

Peet Viljoen donates over 1 000 reusable masks and hand sanitizers to essential workers

Well-known philanthropist and businessman in the beauty industry, Peet Viljoen, has once again demonstrated his commitment to uplifting others by distributing free masks and hand sanitizer to essential services workers in the week before most of South Africa shut down for a government-enforced lockdown. The lockdown aims to “flatten the curve” in the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in South Africa, and avoid a crippling influx of patients into already-constrained healthcare services.


Understanding that many on the frontlines of the essential service industry, such as fuel service station workers and retail employees, do not have the means to procure masks or sanitizer of their own, and therefore could risk increased exposure, Peet commissioned the manufacture of reusable, washable, triple-layer hygiene masks made of durable fabric, as well as 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, and distributed over 1 000 of these to essential service employees.

 

“The lockdown we are experiencing in South Africa at the moment has shown us who the true heroes in our country are,” says Peet. “The people who provide us with basic healthcare, who put food on the table, who bring that food to the retail outlets, and who ensure that shops are cleaned and sanitised so that the rest of us have access – these are our superheroes. Everybody who is working on the frontlines so that the rest of us can stay at home during this time, should be celebrated for their dedication and commitment. They should also have access to the best preventative measures, and personal protection equipment.”

Peet says that he understands many employers might not have access to protective equipment such as masks and hand sanitizer, due to a countrywide shortage, and set about doing something to correct the problem. “If I couldn’t buy masks to help out, I was going to make them,” he says. “There is always a way to be found, a plan to be made.”

This can-do attitude is one of the reasons Peet has made a success of his career thus far – both as a lawyer and a businessman. “I grew up in a poor family, in a small town, with few prospects for those who were not prepared to think outside of the box or take a chance,” he explains. “I realised early on in life that if you want opportunities, you have to make your own. If you want a chance, you have to take it.

“Working hard for what I want has been my strategy all my life, and it has paid off. I am now in the fortunate position to be able to give back, and I am happy to help where I can. If I can bring about positive change in someone’s life, even if it is just by giving them the tools to protect themselves against this unseen enemy, then I will do so. I’d also like to challenge other business leaders to do the same – together we can make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Covid-19 Mask Distribution​

Peet Viljoen donates over 1 000 reusable masks and hand sanitizers to essential workers

Well-known philanthropist and businessman in the beauty industry, Peet Viljoen, has once again demonstrated his commitment to uplifting others by distributing free masks and hand sanitizer to essential services workers in the week before most of South Africa shut down for a government-enforced lockdown. The lockdown aims to “flatten the curve” in the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in South Africa, and avoid a crippling influx of patients into already-constrained healthcare services.


Understanding that many on the frontlines of the essential service industry, such as fuel service station workers and retail employees, do not have the means to procure masks or sanitizer of their own, and therefore could risk increased exposure, Peet commissioned the manufacture of reusable, washable, triple-layer hygiene masks made of durable fabric, as well as 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, and distributed over 1 000 of these to essential service employees.

“The lockdown we are experiencing in South Africa at the moment has shown us who the true heroes in our country are,” says Peet. “The people who provide us with basic healthcare, who put food on the table, who bring that food to the retail outlets, and who ensure that shops are cleaned and sanitised so that the rest of us have access – these are our superheroes. Everybody who is working on the frontlines so that the rest of us can stay at home during this time, should be celebrated for their dedication and commitment. They should also have access to the best preventative measures, and personal protection equipment.”

Peet says that he understands many employers might not have access to protective equipment such as masks and hand sanitizer, due to a countrywide shortage, and set about doing something to correct the problem. “If I couldn’t buy masks to help out, I was going to make them,” he says. “There is always a way to be found, a plan to be made.”

This can-do attitude is one of the reasons Peet has made a success of his career thus far – both as a lawyer and a businessman. “I grew up in a poor family, in a small town, with few prospects for those who were not prepared to think outside of the box or take a chance,” he explains. “I realised early on in life that if you want opportunities, you have to make your own. If you want a chance, you have to take it.

“Working hard for what I want has been my strategy all my life, and it has paid off. I am now in the fortunate position to be able to give back, and I am happy to help where I can. If I can bring about positive change in someone’s life, even if it is just by giving them the tools to protect themselves against this unseen enemy, then I will do so. I’d also like to challenge other business leaders to do the same – together we can make a real difference in people’s lives.”