The Curro group follows a 21st Century education approach, resulting in many of the schools having 3D printers on-site… which they will use to print medical items amid COVID-19 outbreak.
Johannesburg, South Africa (29 March 2020) – Curro Holdings is stepping up to assist several healthcare organisations around the country by offering the services of their 3D Printers, as well as their staff, to aid in the printing of protective face shields for medical workers currently fighting against COVID-19 in South Africa.
Curro, South Africa’s largest JSE-listed independent education provider, follows a 21st Century education approach, resulting in many of Curro’s schools having 3D printers on site. These printers will be utilised to print protective face shields, including the headband and shield components. The group is in the process of rallying partners to assist with the supply of appropriate materials for the printing to take effect.
“As a country, we’re all in this together; and so we feel it is our duty as Corporate SA and teachers of the next generation to lead by our example and take a bold stand to help where we can,” says Andries Greyling, CEO of Curro Holdings.
In order to mobilise their 3D printers during the national lockdown, Curro has applied to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) for an essential service permit. Each individual who goes on-site to the various school campuses will carry this document and the relevant permits indicating that we are assisting with a specific service.
“While the country is in lockdown, it requires us all to think innovatively to tackle the outbreak,” concludes Greyling. “It was exceptional to see how our Executive Heads in various parts of the country took the lead and made plans to assist with the printing of the masks. We feel privileged to help in this manner and will continue do to what is necessary to assist in fighting this pandemic.”