3 Easy Steps


Make The Masks

A challenge for all able South African households: make 10 washable fabric facemasks for free distribution to all who are in need thereof, therein helping to slow down the spread of Covid -19

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Wash The Masks

This is extremely important!

Masks can only add protection if they are kept clean. Wash every mask you make with warm, soapy water and let it dry before dropping it off. If the material allows for it, iron the mask for extra precaution – heat kills the virus!

Drop The Masks Off

There are designated drop-off points at Fresh Stop outlets in Cape Town!

To find your closest drop-off location, scroll down to the next section.

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Drop-Off Locations


Northern Suburbs

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Stellendale / Kuilsriver  

Motorland / Parow  


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Wetlands / Milnerton   


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Hout Bay  

Southern Suburbs

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Salt River  

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Important Information


A cloth/fabric mask, if worn, used properly and kept clean, can offer the following protection for residents:

  • The mask will reduce the transmission of droplets from the source (any person coughing, sneezing or even speaking)
  • It will reduce inhaling a large number of droplets from others
  • Will reduce exposure in overcrowded areas such as taxis, shops or government buildings
  • Will create awareness around Covid-19
  • Inexpensive and can be produced in large under clear specifications
  • Usage guidelines applied

At the outset it is important to distinguish between medical masks, or N95 respirators, and cloth masks (either home-made or procured).

One of the Western Cape Department of Health’s top priorities is to ensure that our front-line healthcare workers, who are caring for those with Covid-19, have the required N95 respirators and/or medical masks so that they are protected when undertaking their duties and helping us save lives.

There is a global shortage of these masks so we please urge all residents to not obtain or use these, so that we can ensure enough supply to the frontline healthcare workers in our hospitals and clinics.

Source: WesternCape.gov.za

Cloth masks can be used by both the community and non-healthcare workers and where there is no physical contact. This includes:

  • Travel to and from work in public transport
  • When stepping outside the house to go shopping or seeking healthcare
  • In self isolation when contact with others is necessary (remember distancing)
  • When stopping and talking to members of the public (for example, traffic police)
  • When conducting interviews during house to house visits (for example, Community workers)
  • When cleaning the streets/ disposing of domestic rubbish

The usage of any type of mask should be accompanied by strictly adhering to safe use guidelines. Wash your hands before applying and after removing a mask, never touch the cloth part, never fiddle with it whilst wearing, refrain from touching your face. Discard disposable masks. Wash cloth masks with warm soapy water and iron when dry.

It is very important that residents use a cloth mask properly. If they do not, it might result in them putting themselves at risk of spreading Covid-19. The simple guidelines to use are:

  • Only use a mask that has been cleaned & ironed
  • Place the mask with the correct side facing your nose and mouth and covering both well
  • Tie the strings behind your head, or if you are using elastic bands, make sure these are tight
  • Make sure it fits well. Move it around to get the best fit. Never touch the cloth part.
  • Once you have put on the mask, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE again until you take it off
  • When you take it off, undo the ties, and carefully fold the mask inside out, hold it by the strings/elastic and place the mask in a container preserved for washing the cloth mask.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and dry before doing anything else

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Source: WesternCape.gov.za

Claim: ‘Face masks don’t work’
Claim: ‘It is mutating into a more deadly strain’
Claim: ‘It is no more dangerous than winter flu’
Claim: ‘It only kills the elderly, so younger people can relax’
Claim: ‘A vaccine could be ready within a few months’

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