Distell to manufacture and distribute hand sanitiser for free_1

Brewing and beverage giant Distell announced on Thursday that it would begin producing hand sanitisers and other hygiene products as part of its efforts to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Group CEO Richard Rushton said via a statement:

“Distell’s priority right now and always is the safety and well-being of our employees, our stakeholders and society at large. We are determined to support our government in its bid to halt the current rapid spread of COVID-19 and in the absence of a vaccine, good hygiene remains one of the most effective options to do so”.

As a result, the company has committed 100 000 litres of alcohol, which will be used to produce sanitisers, as well as a variety of other hygiene and sanitising products, said Rushton. 

Free to vulnerable communities

The sanitisers will be distributed free to vulnerable communities across South Africa as a way to encourage good hygiene practices. 

The company also said it would work closely with the government to identify the communities, and support the roll-out of the sanitisers.

Support for lockdown

Rushton said Distell was supporting the national 21-day lockdown, which goes into effect at midnight on Thursday, by cancelling its events, closing its experiential and product tasting facilities, and ensuring that all employees who were not involved in the production of alcohol worked from home. 

All company-sponsored travel has been halted.

By African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Desiree Erasmus