Monday 16 March 2020
On Sunday (15 March 2020), President Cyril Ramaphosa declared COVID-19 a national disaster
. In the wake of this, Save the Children South Africa offices across the country will close temporarily. This closure comes into effect today, 16 March 2020 until further notice.
This does not mean that our work will stop, we are committed to continuing to fight for the rights of our children. Our staff will work from home and will be available via telephone and email. Our main contact line for this period will be: +2712 430 7775/6 and [email protected].
Our community work will continue wherever reasonably possible and will be evaluated on a daily basis. We will continue to work with partners and harness our resources, energy, knowledge and expertise to drive our three global breakthroughs for 2030:
no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday.
all children learn from a good quality basic education.
violence against children is no longer tolerated.
The World Health Organization recommends that we wash our hands frequently, to help curb the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. Unsure how to wash your hands properly? Let these children show you how to protect yourself from Coronavirus with soap and water.
You can help protect your loved ones from COVID-19 by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community. Send ‘Hi’ to 0600 123 456
on WhatsApp. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999
from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In South Africa and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
Note to the Editor:
If children are affected, we’ve got something to say. Our team of experts are available for comments, interviews and information.