NAACAM member, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa is running the Asivikelane! Let’s Protect Each Other! initiative to get business and communities to take the necessary preventative measures to help flatten the Coronovirus curve by spreading the word.

COVID-19 is changing lives as we know it and it’s clear that it’s not going away anytime soon. Large-scale social and behavioural changes will be the best defence in tackling the virus. We must be mindful that even though the coronavirus, if not controlled may spread rapidly, how we respond and behave towards it really matters.

Businesses have responded by ensuring the best care for all employees during working hours such as providing hand sanitisers, temperature testing, staggered lunch times, mandatory face masks, social distancing seating plans, rotational and remote working strategies and the like. This is a necessary obligation for us to ensure the health and wellbeing of employees is a top priority while at work. However, the virus doesn’t work office hours! It has no period associated with it; therefore, it is imperative that we manage this across a 24-hour timeline. This means that individual ownership must apply.

Personal responsibility is important to limit the spread of infection. It’s not just us who come to work that matter, our families and communities have to protect each other as well. It has to be an all-round effort against spreading COVID-19.

Business and community must participate individually and collectively to safeguard one another by adopting responsible habits of:

  • Washing of hands with soap and water regularly
  • Social distancing of more than 1m, and
  • The wearing of face masks at all times

    As part of the Asivikelane! Let’s Protect Each Other initiative, Dr Sibiya, Sumitomo Rubber SA’s company doctor, shares the correct method when needing to cough and/or sneeze to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

    As we know, the virus is contagious and can spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs and tiny droplets are then sent into the air. These droplets can spread via the nose, mouth, or eyes of someone nearby.

    Therefore, remember to wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly, wear face masks at all times and practice social distancing to protect You from Me!

    Furthermore, sanitize surfaces and equipment daily – every morning and evening to protect yourself and others around you. Watch it here:

    Stay Safe! Asivikelane! Let’s Protect Each Other!