11 000 bags of maize meal, loaves of bread, food hampers, soap, sanitizer and masks were distributed to residents of the Iterileng informal settlement near Laudium in Pretoria today.
Queues started forming from 4am and at times they stretched for some three kilometers.
A local football stadium was filled with hundreds of people forming lines that continued into the shack settlement.
The distribution was a joint initiative of Meal SA, Operation SA, SANZAF, Pepkor, The Tshwane Muslim community, Valtrans, Foodline, Advance Cash & Carry Kit Kat and others.
Social Activist and joint co-ordinator, Yusuf Abramjee, said the need for food was “massive and people are desperate. We have a crisis. Half of the people in Iterileng are foreigners and no one has received any help from government.”
“It all went well. We are happy to have made a difference to our neighbours in need,” said another co-ordinator, Shakeel Amod.
Asgar Akoob from
the community who also co-ordinated said today’s food and sanitation distribution follows a previous distribution, in Mooiplaas, Spruit that saw to the needs of close to 10,000 recipients who turned out in a queue that stretched for close to three kms," he said.
Smiley Essa and Yusuf “Joe” Suliman (Bhidia) thanked all the volunteers and donors. “Thank you for making a difference.”
Social Cohesion Advocate and Humanitarian, Catherine Constantinides, said: “The power of civil society is felt at times such as these. We cannot discriminate hen it comes to feeding our communities. Our people will die of hunger before they die of COVID19 if we continue like this. I applaud this collective effort of solidarity”
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