GPS Plastics makes & donates thousands of face shields
KZN-based GPS Plastics has manufactured and donated more than 17 500 face shields to frontline workers in SA, with the majority going to state-run hospital staff. GPS Plastics is now also looking at various other products that it can assist with during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kevin Govender, MD of GPS Plastics said that a 3D printing company and other organisations were also supplying hospitals with PPE and face shields, but could not keep up with the demand, so he and his company stepped in to help.
“I was sent a drawing of what was required, and we went full steam ahead to get the project started. I immediately contacted my toolmaker and got him to start manufacturing the moulds,” he adds.
Govender also contacted Marlon Reddy of Standard Bank with what he had done and motivated for Standard Bank to donate R50 000 to help with the distribution of 2 500 face shields. Dr Mugan Naidoo helped with the distribution of the 2 500 face shields sponsored by Standard Bank.
“As I also sell the face shields for commercial use, I can donate more shields to medical staff or the South African Police Services, Durban metro services. KZN road traffic staff and other hospitals. While driving to work and back. if I see any essential services employees, I hand out face shields that I keep in my car,” says Govender.
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