Olvitech expands partnership with HarambeMed extend the protective medical market in South Africa

An Israeli revolutionary copper oxide face mask that neutralizes viruses and bacteria using the powerful antibacterial properties of copper is transforming the South African medical protection market.

24-May-2021 – Israel – Olvitech Ltd. is pleased to announce a new product for the personal protective equipment market.

Olvitech Ltd., the marketing team of the antiviral face mask developer MedCu, announced it is expanding its partnership with Harambe Medical Distribution in South Africa, a local distribution company for medical products that dominates both the B2B market and The Federal Market. Together the companies will introduce an exclusive revolutionary face masks with Copper Oxide to protect healthcare staff and patients.

The mask has been approved by the South African Ministry of Health (SAHPRA), as a medical mask and the Military and the Ministry of Defense approved the medical face mask with Copper Oxide as an antiviral mask. “These approvals are a formal recognition by the state authorities for the distribution and use of the mask and open up new strategic channels,” says Ms. Elya Presman, President of Olvitech.  “Thanks to the mask’s ability to deal with any virus in all its variants and especially the South African mutation, we look very optimally at the local market. The successful collaboration with Harmabe Medical backed by a distribution contract allows strategic penetration into the South African market, and exposure to neighboring countries”, says Mr. Adriaan Shipalana, owner of Harambe Medical Distribution.

Copper Oxide-based Face Mask, developed in Israel, is the world’s first facemask that is impregnated with copper oxide microparticles. With over 30 registered patents presenting how Copper Oxide displays potent antiviral properties, an Israeli technology company leveraged it, and used the antimicrobial properties of copper in a proprietary manufacturing process and presented a world’s revolutionary Viral Deactivator Non-Woven material. The Face masks with Copper Oxide have CE mark in Europe, Antiviral claim in Israel and trade in all 5 continents.

As of today, the patented technology provides unique prevention and virus elimination properties using copper oxide layers in a Non-Woven multi-layer Facemask. The mechanism of “killing viruses” is achieved by the interaction of copper ions with the virions that are entrapped in the mask or that come into contact with the surface of the copper oxide impregnated outer surfaces of the masks.

Development of a biocidal mask (and in general, all personal protective equipment) capable of rendering the pathogens that come into contact with them non-infectious, may significantly reduce pathogen transmission and contamination of the wearers themselves and the environment. This is even more relevant today when countries and administrations are dealing with the latest pandemic, which dramatically affects both the health system and the economic local and global markets.

Today, it is already clear to epidemiology experts that the Copper Oxide Israeli patented technology has a strong impact on preventing the next wave of the pandemic.


Harambe Medical Distribution is focused on providing unique medical solutions that are not only effective but also environmentally friendly. HarambeMed’s mission is to ensure that we provide the best Medical Solutions that do not have long term effects on our natural environment.

Harambe Medical Distribution has a philosophy of providing long term sustainable and environmentally relevant solutions. The products are sourced from all over the World with the main objective of helping the medical and private industry while focusing on environmentally friendly products.

About Olvitech Ltd.

Founded and operative since 2009, Olvitech Israel focuses on harnesses unique solutions for healthcare, wellbeing, consumer, industrial, military, and government applications. We cooperate with large retail and technology companies to deliver affordable solutions from remote patient’s vital signs monitoring, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to revolutionary copper-based antimicrobial wound dressing.
Olvitech Israel offers high-quality products based on the scientific achievements of Israeli scientists and engineers.