As part of South Africa’s Level 4 lockdown regulations, it will be mandatory to wear a fabric mask in public from 1 May, 2020.

Regional Programme Manager Janet Wilkinson has shared her tips, and a very useful video, for making your own washable, reusable face masks by hand. No sewing machine required!

“As making masks was never my intention at the start of lockdown, I did not prepare, or gather supplies to make swish masks”.

“I made these over the weekend, from what I had in my cupboard, including kitenge fabric from a Rwandan market (originally bought to make a pair of everyday trousers)”.

“You can also use old t-shirts to cut up for the ties if you don’t have elastic, tape or shoelaces to spare”.

Watch the video and be inspired to make your own masks!

Please note:

  • In no way are these intended as medical-level PPE for health-care workers, etc.
  • Obviously always wash your hands, and don’t touch your face.
  • Use strong (70% alcohol-based and higher) sanitiser.
  • Adhere to social distancing and current lockdown regulations.