In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Harare has begun the production of face masks which are now mandatory for every citizen to wear in public and work spaces. The factory, operating from temporary space at the Department of Housing and Community Services’ Remembrance Drive Head Office is staffed by instructors from the City’s vocational training centres.

“We do not have tailors in the establishment, so we are marrying this project to our vocational training centres from where we have drawn the tailoring instructors to do the production as a temporary measure,” said City of Harare’s Social Services Manager Ms. Lizzy Muchena.

Ms. Muchena added that initially the target for the project was to produce 1 500 face masks per week. However, due to transport challenges caused by the COVID-19 lockdown, she said that staff have not been able to start work on time.  She added that the department had requested for a dedicated vehicle for staff to start on time and increase production.

“We intend to move to a more spacious place and turn the project into a business unit for protective clothing production catering for council requirements,” said Ms. Muchena.