The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that learning to adapt is crucial to our survival

Our everyday lives have been impacted – perhaps indefinitely – and even a simple trip to the shops may never be the same again. Taking care of ourselves and of others while out in public is especially important, hence the regulation that requires us to wear masks and practise social distancing. Not only does it offer us protection from the virus, but also helps eliminate the threat of spreading it.

There are some great companies helping us stay safe, with many of them also affording us the chance to give back to help others in need when we buy masks.

We’ve found three companies you should consider supporting when choosing where to buy your masks:

Relate Trust

The Relate Trust is no stranger to altruism. Since its inception a decade ago, this 100% not-for-profit organisation has raised over R60 million for hundreds of charities.

While they usually sell bracelets produced by women from disadvantaged areas, this hasn’t been possible since the start of the lockdown. In order to help their employees retain their jobs, they have started producing face masks. Available in bright and colourful designs, or neutral and solid colours, they have something for everyone.

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Prices start from R49,95 and they’re available for online purchase at


Similar to the Relate Trust, Uzwelo works with women from underprivileged areas to produce items for sale. In their case, it’s turning waste fabric into beautiful, functional bags of all sizes.

What started as a small initiative comprising a small group of people, grew into an amazing entrepreneurial opportunity for many who would otherwise be struggling to earn an income.

Their masks come in beautiful designs, from the South African flag and leopard print, to unicorns and camouflage.

Available in both individual and bulk orders, prices start from R57,50 and can be purchased at

Dr Chapanga

Well-known as the local retailer specialising in vegan leather handbags, Dr Chapanga also sells women and men’s fashion items. Recently, they also launched their range of stylish face masks.

With a variety of modern designs, these are perfect for the stylish shopper who prefers a more sophisticated look. With the style, comes the added bonus of giving back.

With every mask sold, a portion is donated to the Solidarity Fund, set up by the South African government to support vulnerable citizens during the pandemic. Another portion goes towards FEEDSA.

Prices for the masks start at R78,19 and they’re available at

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