A local donor in Umzimvubu has donated more than 1500 face masks for local disadvantaged residents in the area.  The initiative follows the pronouncement made by the President for a nationwide lockdown amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.  
On the 8th May 2020, Umzimvubu Mayor Cllr Sobane Mnukwa, began the handover process and provided the residents of Ward 16 at KwaBhaca with 150 facemasks. The Mayor will proceed to hand over these facial masks to all identified wards.  
“The commitment to serve our communities has never been more important as we collectively navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by this global pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting communities quite harshly, with some losing jobs and sources of income.” said Umzimvubu Mayor.  
“I’m humbled by the gesture demonstrated by our local donors towards the struggle against this virus. Indeed a new world order is upon us and we ought to embrace the new changes that come with it. These facial masks also come with new trading opportunities for ordinary skilled residents with less income during this period. I encourage more residents to equip themselves with this skill and make a difference in our society.” concluded Umzimvubu Mayor.   
As the global pandemic continues to soar through the vulnerable areas in the district, Umzimvubu continues to encourage local residents to stay at home and flatten the further spread of the novel coronavirus.