Meeting the demand for masks

At the beginning of March when the Covid-19 virus started appearing in South Africa, myself and my employees decided to make masks for ourselves because we had people continually in the shop. We also offer social classes in crochet, knit and sewing, and none of our regular ladies wanted to stop attending, so we offered the ladies masks and classes on how to make them. This became a fun exercise for us.

Once our president decided to put South Africa on lockdown, the demand for masks grew. When lockdown started, people working in essential services started approaching us to make for themselves and their staff members. Our first big order was from a Standard Bank branch. We have since supplied masks to numerous companies, doctors, dentists and of course to individuals and families. We make them in 3 sizes: men, women and children, and in many different colours. The masks are made with 2 layers of 100% cotton, and the inner is a 3- ply surgical mask filter. The cost per mask is R50.00, and although we do not make a big profit it is keeping the three of us busy during the lockdown period as well as creating income.

Pat Schneider is the owner of The Cotton Ball, a wool, material and haberdashery store based in Doringkloof, Centurion.

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