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Our Response to COVID-19
Our Response to COVID-19


The DBSA has committed R150m for COVID-19 related interventions. The COVID-19 response addresses both the more immediate and short -term humanitarian interventions necessary to help fight the pandemic and initiatives with a long-term focus that will enable us to play a meaningful role in the economic recovery of our country and  continent. 

The details are as follows:

Humanitarian Interventions

Our  humanitarian initiatives seek to alleviate the  hardship and suffering of the country’s most vulnerable groups

National Disaster Management  Centre

​The National Coronavirus Command Centre is responsible for coordinating the national response to the pandemic, creating awareness, implementing preventative measures and the overall management of the outbreak.  An amount of R15m has been set aside for the  staffing and software procurement for the Disaster Centre in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Healthcare Support

​Healthcare Support to SADC

The DBSA has allocated funding to support SADC  Members States’ health care response to COVID -19. The countries receiving support include Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho and Eswatini. The will enable our neighbours to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

COVID-19 Testing Support

Provision of COVID-19 testing capacity support (equipment, testing kits resources) to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Ventilator Production

A  key concern in the fight against the pandemic has been a shortage of  ventilators worldwide.  This amount will go towards the production of ventilators  through the CSIR’s  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Non-Invasive Ventilators Project.

​​Short Term Interventions

These are initiatives that are being spearheaded and fast-tracked by local government to ensure that vulnerable communities are cushioned from the negative impacts of the pandemic and receive critical supplies that mitigate the spread of the virus. Our involvement in such initiatives as the DBSA is to augment the financial and delivery capacity of local government to respond decisively and cushion the negative impact on communities.
Mobile Testing Units
This amount will go towards the provision of mobile prefabricated testing units and the refurbishment of existing facilities in 25 district municipalities in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West.
Provision of Basic Services
DBSA will support Government with the provision of potable water, ablution facilities and the provision of mobile electricity infrastructure. An agreement was concluded that the provision of basic services interventions such as water services infrastructure, sanitation and electricity will be implemented by DBSA's Infrastructure Delivery Division.

Long Term Interventions

Our  long-term initiatives seek to serve as stimulus as the country embarks in an effort to rebuild the economy. These interventions are projects aligned to the DBSA’s strategy  and include the Infrastructure Fund, the District Delivery Model, non-financial support to under-resourced municipalities and the High Impact Investment Fund. ​



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