3 April 2020 Media Release: Your donation is needed – CoronaVirus/Covid19 Pandemic

Media Release: Your donation is needed – CoronaVirus/Covid19 Pandemic

For Immediate Release
3 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.

Donation of non-perishable food, toiletries, bedding for single beds and hand sanitisers will be of particular benefit to the less fortunate.   The Social Development Cluster of the GRDM Multi-Agency Command Centre kindly requests the public to make donations of this kind at the sites listed below:

Drop off points and/or contacts details per town are as follows:


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.


Persons or organisations wanting to donate or provide  assistance in George can register via the online form http://bit.ly/CAW_Relief_Assistance  or contact the Social Development office on 044 802 2000.  Registered people, companies and NGOs will be contacted in due course.


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 by the public must happen without violating the isolation or quarantine measures in place or putting oneself or others at risk. It is advised that pre-arranged drop-off times be arranged to avoid overcrowding at sites. Donations will be controlled in adherence to lockdown regulations and responsibly distributed.

We thank you.


Written by Marillia Veldkornet | Communication Officer

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Herman Pieters | Senior Communicator
Garden Route District Municipality
E-mail: communications@gardenroute.gov.za

Garden Route District Multi-Agency Command Centre