Mask20maker_extra_largeGovernment recommended and endorsed the use of masks on 10 April to help disrupt the spread of Covid-19. With a huge shortage of surgical and N95 masks, which are reserved for health workers, a number of enterprising people have now got into the homemade face mask business.

“First I started sewing for my extended family, seven people to be precise … and I then made masks for myself and for my three children too,” says Samela Matiso of KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage.

“When my neighbours saw us in the yard or going to the nearby shop to buy goods, they eagerly wanted masks for themselves too,” she says…..more