SANDF will receive protective gear.
SANDF will receive protective gear.

China Armed Forces donates protective gear to SANDF ahead of lockdown

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 26, 2020

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Durban - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will receive an essential donation of medical protective gear from the People's Republic of China Armed Forces on Thursday. 

About 2000 protective eye goggles and 3000 face and nose masks will be donated to help support the government's 21 day lockdown to help curb further spread of Covid-19. 

Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Lindile Yam said this would be distributed according to prioritised requirement. 

The protective gear will be donated during a scheduled acceptance ceremony set to take place South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) medical depot in Pretoria. 

Earlier this week President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national lockdown and roped in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the police to ensure maximum compliance.

“I have accordingly directed the South African National Defence Force be deployed to support the South African Police Service in ensuring that the measures we are announcing are implemented,” he said.

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