|“Millions of people, including children who have an inflexible constitutional right to “basic nutrition” which the state should provide for, still lack sufficient food.
And this claim is not anecdotal.
Since the start of the lockdown, survey after survey has reported increases in hunger.
For example, according to a University of Johannesburg/ Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey, 34% of the people surveyed between 18 to 27 April reported that they had gone to bed hungry (up by 6% from an earlier survey).”
– Malnutrition, health services and democracy : The responsibility to speak out” Mark Heywood, 26 May 2020, The Daily Maverick
The issue of acute malnutrition, access to sufficient food, hunger and its impact on health and inequality, discussed in this article, with it’s sobering statistics on food insecurity in our country, is what we see on a daily basis at our centre. Arriving to work in the mornings to crowds of people at our gate who are desperate to get food for themselves and their families is evidence of the urgent and mounting pressure to provide food to many more people.
So to you, Love to Give supporter, donor or sponsor, firstly, a sincere thank you for your response to the Covid-19 hunger crisis. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to focus solely on providing food to families whose income has been devasted by the lockdown.
You have donated thermometers, soap, sanitizers, masks, fresh fruit and vegetables, 220 Spar food parcels, 300 Tiger Brands food parcels, fresh eggs, tinned pilchards, bread, Rama, peanut butter, 1000 Wonderbags, and through your financial donations, 1300 5kg MyLife cereal and 753 Checkers Shoprite vouchers to vulnerable families.
Whilst level 3 will allow far more businesses to operate and some people to get back to work, in a town where tourism is a major economic driver, we anticipate that many businesses reliant on tourism will not survive and those that do, will be seriously cutting down on staff numbers. There will be many people who were earning an income before the lockdown whose prospects of finding employment again are considerably diminished.
These facebook posts give two independent perspectives : the first by a Kayamandi resident, and the second by a Stellenbosch resident :