As the COVID-19 epidemic unfolds, the use of face masks can be helpful for people who are not ill to lessen the chance of spreading the virus when out in public.

Learn more about making your own mask and helping make them for others who need it.

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A mask is not a solve-all solution in the fight of Covid-19 and should not be considered as the only thing necessary to keep safe.  Basic and good hygiene is still essential . The most important things every individual should do (with or without a mask) is :

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the corner of your arm, and safely throw away the tissue
  • Keep a distance of 1,5m from others
  • If you are ill, stay at home, or arrange for clinical assessment

A growing number of experts — medical doctors and virologists among them — say that a homemade mask, even a bandanna, might provide protection from both transmitting and getting the coronavirus. Though it is not a complete solution, it can enable us to prevent the spread of the virus and so it becomes our responsibility to protect each other by wearing a mask when out in public.

Well-fitting, homemade masks made of the correct material can provide some protection from droplet transmission (the method by which the coronavirus is spread). Since some people with the Coronavirus may not have symptoms or even know they have the virus, everyone should wear a facemask when out in public.

Watch this inspiring video by the #Masks4all movement about how face masks can make a difference when used correctly:

Visit Masks4all for more info


A face mask can be made by using materials that are potentially already in your home.

These are some useful tutorials on how to make one.


  • A face mask must cover the nose and mouth completely.
  • Face masks should not be lowered when speaking, coughing or sneezing.
  • Face masks should not be repeatedly touched – fidgeting with the mask repeatedly is strongly discouraged.
  • The inner side of the mask should not be touched by hands.
  • Wash hands after removing the face mask.
  • Wash cloth face masks with warm soapy water and iron when dry.
  • Each person will need to have 2 face masks so that the one face mask is available when the other is being washed.

Read the Western Cape Health Department Notice about public face masks for some important guidelines


Share your mask making moments with us by tagging @hillsongafricafoundation and using the hashtags #loveontheline #masks4all

We would love to see them!



As face masks become more in demand by medical workers it also becomes increasingly difficult for residents to purchase them or gather the necessary materials.

By providing face masks to those in need we can assist in helping lessen the spread of the virus in vulnerable communities.

If you are able to make a large amout of masks (10 or more) let us know by filing in the below form and our team will be in contact to arrange collection or drop off at a permissable location during lockdown. These will be distributed to individuals and families that need it and are unable to make their own.


Read the Western Cape Health Department Notice about public face masks for some important guidelines

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