Makandi Tea Estate on Friday gave 300 face masks to students at Thunga Primary and Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) and vendors at Thunga Trading Centre in Thyolo.
Speaking after the donation, Makandi Tea Estate group company secretary and financial manager Sangwani Hara said the estate felt obliged to protect the community from the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said: “Passing through Thunga Market, we noticed that most of the vendors were not wearing face masks.
“Now that schools have re-opened, we want to help those students who cannot afford to buy the face masks.”
On her part, Thunga CDSS head teacher Joyce Kanyumbu said the school has many less-privileged students who cannot afford a face mask.
Thyolo district commissioner Douglas Moffat advised the communities to live in harmony with estate owners.
He condemned vandalism of estate property and encroachment.
Moffat advised traders to always wear face masks, warning that the council will close any shop whose owner defies the order.
“There is a reinforcement law and we will make sure that it is being adhered to,” he said.
Vendors received 150 face masks while the remaining were shared equally by Standard Eight leaners at Thunga Primary School and Form Four students at Thunga CDSS.