Social distancing in bed time enforced

By Becker Semela

Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela and Social Development MEC Mamiki Qabathe, enforced social distancing during bed time by handing over 60 beds at Tshireletsong Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Ntombela said 60 beds, mattresses and pillows were donated to them by Andries Taljaard from Kings Comfort (Bed and Mattress Company).

Some children were sharing beds which was a great concern to the management and the government but at least there is a relief.

“The donation of beds will assist us in our efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

Instead of sharing, the children will now have the dignity of having their own beds and therefore putting into effect social distancing, which in turn will prevent the spread of the virus,” she said.

MEC Qabathe said the donation was a wonderful gesture and we call on other organizations to also come forth and assist the poorest in our society with donations of any kind.

“This battle against Covid-19 requires all of us to step up to the place and lend a hand, and wonderful gestures such as the donation of beds today greatly assists us.

Let us continue to adhere to the regulations and stay home,” she said.

Qabathe added that they really appreciate what Kings Comfort did.

Taaljaard said the donation is part of Kings Comfort social responsibility programme and Covid-19 social relief measures to assist the homeless, help government in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic and further wish to encourage other sectors to play their part in assisting the society during the lock-down period and beyond

Recently, Qabathe and the business men including Ben Moseme in Bloemfontein donated hand sanitizers to the centre and old age homes in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu.

Qabathe said the donation programme follows the outbreak of the Corona Virus in the country and recently in the province.

“Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCC) and Old age Homes remains open and fully operational to beneficiaries in need and therefore requires the attention and all assistance in pursuit to fight the spread of the virus,” she explained.

She advised the recipients that main target of the virus are not only youth but mostly elderly.

“We have to take all the necessary precaution measures and please, let us wash our hands every time and use masks whenever they are needed and gloves,” said Qabathe.

As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa was 11 350.

There are 135 confirmed cases in Free State.

Working together, we can stop the spread of the virus and prevent new infections.


Social Development MEC Mamiki Qabathe, back standing left, and Premier Sisi Ntombela, back standing right with the children and the new mattresses.

Social Development MEC Mamiki Qabathe,left, Premier Sisi Ntombela, middle, and Andries Taaljaard,right holding one of the mattresses he donated.

back row standing: Social Development MEC Mamiki Qabathe,left, Kings Comfort, Andries Taaljaard,middle, and Premier Sisi Ntombela,right.


Someof the Kings Comfort mattresses donated to Tshireletsong Child and Youth Care Centre.

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