Mandela lecturer donates colourful masks

05/05/2020

Visual Arts senior lecturer Andrieta Wentzel walks the talk of leading by example during difficult times. 

She has already sewn about 180 masks, based on Fashion and Textile lecturers Tyrone James and Raquel Adriaan’s design, which she has donated to her community.

“Some Summerstrand Village Pick n Pay staff had seen my own personal masks and asked if I could make for them too.  Then I contacted Monica Sokupa at the Pick n Pay Office and she said that I was welcome to make and donate masks for the Summerstrand Pick n Pay staff”, Andrieta said. 

This week Andrieta and Prof Pieter Binsbergen, Visual and Performing Arts School Director, handed out 101 masks to the Pick n Pay staff, in addition to another 20 she had donated earlier.

“Social distancing was not observed when the containers with the masks were opened, but order was restored once the staff realised that there was one per staff member,” Andrieta said with a smile.

She is now sewing another 160 masks that she plans to give to her BVA first-year students when they return.

“#Mask-up Mandela is an initiative driven in our school and faculty, which is our contribution to the larger Mandela University initiative called “Together we can”.  The project gained momentum under the supervision of the Visual Arts Head of Department Bruce Cadle and Prof Mary Duker, acting dean of the Faculty of Humanities.  We encouraged staff and members of the public to stay home and sew masks, said Prof Binsbergen.

These masks were a donation with no financial gain.  Visual Arts Department staff members, such as Andrieta, make valuable contributions to the project and the community at large, he said.

To make your own mask see: https://www.mandela.ac.za/News-and-Events/Coronavirus-Information and to volunteer go to : https://www.mandela.ac.za/News-and-Events/Coronavirus-Information/Together-We-Can