Marking a milestone: 8000 litres and counting

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Marking a milestone: 8000 litres and counting
Marking a milestone: 8000 litres and counting

Celebrating our generous donors and partners in sanitiser production

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, today expressed ‘deep gratitude’ to the institution’s donors who have been providing raw materials for the sanitiser production initiative.

The four main contributors so far have been the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) and Enterprise Ethanol.

“Without these partners, we would not have been able to produce as much sanitiser and distribute as widely as we have had the privilege to, across our province,” Dr Mabizela said.

Over 8000 litres of sanitiser have been manufactured by Rhodes University to date, at no cost to distributors or recipients. Some of the beneficiaries of the sanitiser include:


Hospitals, health services and vulnerable spaces

Eastern Cape Department of Health

Fish River Quarantine

Fort England Hospital

Emergency Medical Services in Port Elizbeth

Sundays River Valley Hospital

Nkqubela TB Hospital

Chris Hani HIV/TB Hospital

Empilweni TB Hospital

Grey Hospital

Butterworth Hospital

Nkambela TB Hospital

Bhisho Department of Health

East London District Health Office

Nompumelelo Hospital

Frontier Hospital

Uitenhage Provincial Hospital

Settlers Hospital

Albany Rural Clinic

Somerset Place Retirement Village

Hayton Complex Retirement Village

Eluxolweni Child and Youth Care Centre

Child Welfare

McKaiser Old Age Home

Brookshaw Old Age Home

Grahamstown Hospice

Makhanda Renal Clinic


Districts and municipalities

Sarah Baartman District

Makana Sub-District

Alfred Nzo district

Joe Gqabi District

Amathole District

OR Tambo District

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Chris Hani District

Alfred Nzo District

King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality


Essential services and other

Grahamstown Correctional Services

Rhodes University Campus Security

Dohne Agricultural Development Institute (in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform)

The Ubunye Foundation

Albany Pumps


Rhodes University

Assumption Convent


“The Eastern Cape has been in the throes of a long drought for several years. Water provisioning has been intermittent or non-existent in some areas. This collaboration should signal a new future, one where we embrace new ways of doing things. Our donors have been the lifeblood of this initiative and continue to make a difference. Our indebtedness to them cannot be explained in words,” Director for Communications and Advancement at Rhodes University, Luzuko Jacobs said.