The Motsepe Foundation has pledged R1 billion in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.

It has also donated R5 million to the University of Cape Town to help it manage its response to the global pandemic.

The Motsepe Foundation joins other South African business bodies and lobby groups who have pledged to work with government in the fight against the pandemic.

โ€œWe are purchasing sanitisers, disinfectants, PPEs and are in discussions with government, health workers and other stakeholders to assist with acquiring other equipment and making resources available which are essential with dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. We are providing water to poor, rural and urban communities, by purchasing water tanks, drilling and equipping for boreholes and building sanitary facilities,โ€ said the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, while making the announcement in Pretoria.

South Africa is on a second day of its 21-day lockdown, aimed at slowing down the spread of the virus.

The country currently has 1 170 COVID-19 cases and one death. There are nearly 600 000 COVID-19 cases across the globe and over 27 000 deaths.

Billionaire Patrice Motsepe has urged South Africans not feel helpless or panic amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says he is confident that the country will deal with the pandemic.

โ€œIn these challenging times, it is important that many of our people do not feel helpless or hopeless or panic. With the proper recognition among all of us, we are indeed confident that we will deal with this pandemic.โ€

In the video below, the Motsepe Foundation pledges R1 billion to fight COVD-19 in South Africa: