Media Release: Various donations welcomed during the COVID-19 pandemic
For Immediate Release
1 April 2020
South Africa is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and the economy being affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. In the Garden Route District Municipality’s (GRDM) jurisdiction, with its seven (7) local municipal areas (Hessequa, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Bitou, Oudtshoorn and Kannaland), Garden Routers are coming together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by lending a helping hand to others.
According to the GRDM Head of Disaster Management, Mr Gerhard Otto: “The donation of non-perishable food, toiletries, bedding for single beds will be of particular benefit to the less fortunate. Hand sanitisers are also on the list of critical shortages identified. In response to this need, the GRDM Multi-Agency Command Centre kindly requests the public to make donations of this kind at the specified sites.”
“Each municipality in the District have identified a site for storing donations, from where the distribution of items will be done by Western Cape Government Department of Social Development representatives,” said Otto.
Donations by the public must happen without violating the isolation or quarantine measures in place or putting oneself or others at risk. Please note that it is advised that pre-arranged drop-off times be arranged to avoid overcrowding of sites.
Below find a breakdown of where to drop off spots or contacts details per town:
Hessequa Fire Station, Mulder Street, Riversdale. Contact 028 713 7917 or 028 713 8000.
Mossel Bay Fire Station, Corner of Louis Fourie and Schoeman Streets, Mossel Bay. Charles Street, Great Brak River behind Mossel Bay municipal offices. Contact the emergency call centre on 044 606 5000 or 044 691 3722.
Community and Social Development Services, Corner of St Johns and Varing Streets, George. Contact 044 802 2000 or visit https://bit.ly/2wJ1OrO
Contact Pam Booth on 060 998 6967 to make arrangements for collections.
Bitou Fire Station, 1 Flying Cloud Drive, Plettenberg Bay. Contact Andile Sakati on 083 273 7057 / 072 272 4242 or Hadley Venter on 083 443 0120.
Oudtshoorn Fire Station (Disaster Relief Hub), 26 Church Street, Oudtshoorn. Contact Ms Sarah Olislager at 044 272 8977/ 083 689 2893 and Mr Wayne Peterson at 044 272 89 77.
Disaster Management Centre, 23 Church Street, Ladismith (next to Standard Bank). Contact Wayne Robertson on 060 691 3029.
Before any donations are made, please contact the following DSD area representatives:
Mr Dennis Nghonyama [Oudtshoorn/ Kannaland] – 082 960 5746
Mr Mzukisi Skosana [George] – 083 628 7074
Mr Kenneth Mazaleni [Knysna/Bitou] – 082 226 9521
Ms Kholiswa Jobela [Mossel Bay/Hessequa]- 078 210 5972
Donations will be controlled in adherence to lockdown regulations and responsibly distributed.
Herman Pieters | Senior Communicator
Garden Route District Municipality