Paramount Group, the global aerospace and technology company, has today donated 1,000 facial-masks to the South Africa National Defense Force (SANDF) in their continued effort to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to those on the country’s front lines of what has become a global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

The donation arrives on the heels of aeronautical engineers from Paramount Group recently teaming up with emergency doctors in Johannesburg for the design and production of innovative ‘Intuboxes’ to equip and protect healthcare workers treating patients suffering from COVID-19.

Paramount Labs, a research, development and prototyping division within the Paramount Group of companies, has now rapidly assigned its technicians and engineers to prototype and manufacture additional personal protective equipment (PPE) such as facial-masks to protect South Africa’s frontline workers. 

Eric Ichikowitz, Senior Vice President of Paramount Group, stated that, “The important role that our SANDF plays during a national emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, should never be taken for granted. As a country we can be very proud of the selfless commitment of our armed forces in mitigating the impact and spread of the virus across our nation.

“It has always been the mandate of Paramount Group to develop technologies and solutions with Africa-borne ingenuity to protect armed personnel in peacekeeping, police and defence force operations. Ultimately, everything we do is about saving lives. It is a great privilege to bolster the safety of SANDF personnel through our donation of protective equipment.”

Following the decision by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to increase the numbers of SANDF members to strengthen the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, with various skills within the SANDF deployed in support of other government departments to deal decisively with contingencies that might arise, a growing list of essential service providers urgently require support.

Compounded by shortages of PPE equipment amidst the crisis, a call was issued to private businesses with manufacturing capability to join forces in the fight against COVID-19.