Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has teamed up with South Africa’s doyenne of DIY, Suzelle, to show the public how to make their own cloth masks. Picture: Instagram
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has teamed up with South Africa’s doyenne of DIY, Suzelle, to show the public how to make their own cloth masks. Picture: Instagram

WATCH: Suzelle DIY gets call from Premier Alan Winde to show us how to make chic cloth masks

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Apr 17, 2020

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Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has teamed up with South Africa’s doyenne of DIY, Suzelle, to show the public how to make their own cloth masks.

The video, released today, gives instructions for three easy ways to make a cloth mask – including a no-sew version using a bandana.

Winde said: “Cloth masks, when worn correctly, are an important tool in stopping the spread of Covid-19. The Western Cape government encourages people to use cloth masks when going out into public places like supermarkets and when traveling on public transport. Medical masks and N95 respirators should be saved for our frontline medical staff.

“There are a number of ways to make cloth masks and who better than Suzelle to show us how to do it? We are appealing to people to get involved the same way that they did during the Western Cape water shortages. The cloth mask is the new bucket in the shower.

“We encourage people to have two masks – one to wash and one to wear. Make your own masks, and if you can, make a few extra to share with friends and family, or to donate to the less fortunate.”

Suzelle said: “A mask is not an excuse to disregard all of the other rules.” 

These include handwashing, hygiene measures, social distancing and not touching your face.

“First and foremost, stay at home guys. Don’t go gallivanting. We’re doing this for each other."

Winde said: “Cloth masks must be washed and ironed after every use, and those using them must wash their hands before and after putting them on. Only touch the mask by the ties, and never on the inside and don’t fiddle with it. To borrow Suzelle’s catchphrase – D I Why? Because we all need to work to stop the spread.”

To combat the shortage and to aid in the continued efforts to help flatten the spread of the Covid-19, Independent Media has launched our 'Heroes Don’t Wear Capes, They Wear Masks’ campaign. 

A critical element of curtailing the coronavirus disease is the use of face masks, however, there is a dire shortage of medical-grade face masks in the country (and the world).

Healthcare workers, on the frontline of combating this disease and caring for those infected, are our everyday heroes making the difference to life or death, on a daily basis. They need these face masks.

Find out  more here and how you could stand a chance to win a R500 Loot voucher:  https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/heroes-dont-wear-capes-they-wear-masks-46460760

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