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After spreading across the world for over two months, the first South African has been diagnosed with Covid-19, or as it is more commonly known, the Coronavirus. South Africans should not become paranoid. Even though one case has been identified, it was caught very quickly and steps have already been taken to trace those who may have come into contact with it. This, however, does not mean one should not be prepared for a further spread of the virus.

The managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says the company has taken a number of steps to protect both the health of their employees and their clients. “MasterDrive has already started the process of providing additional steps to strengthen the immune systems of our employees.

“We have also equipped our trainers with the necessary equipment, such as hand sanitisers, to reduce any potential transmission from one person in a vehicle or training room to another. Our aim is to protect the working environment of our trainers and provide peace of mind to both trainers and our customers.”

MasterDrive believes in taking a proactive approach to the threat that Coronavirus presents to South Africa. “While we do not believe panicking, we do want to prepare for ‘a less than ideal scenario’ should the virus reach the levels that it has in countries like South Korea and Italy. With these measures, we are protecting our workforce and providing assurance to our clients that their workforces’ health is important to us and that we will continue to provide our services, notwithstanding the spread of the virus.

“We urge other businesses to join us in this initiative. South Africa’s economy can ill-afford the impact that widespread quarantines could cause. The time that the virus has taken to reach our country, has given us time to understand how it spreads and what we can do to try and minimise this. Make the most of the advantage this time lapse has given us and do your part in preventing situations – to the extent possible – that can negatively impact on business and the economy as a whole,” says Herbert.