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Love to Give Kitchen Managers Fundiswa Mqukusa and Zintathu Pukuze making sandwiches, pictured pre-Covid not wearing masks. Credit: Michael Middleton
End of R350 Covid social relief grants: Breaking point for an already vulnerable population
The sobering headline from an article by Michelle Banda in the Daily Maverick last week brought attention to the fact that at the end of April, the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant of R350 per month for 6 million people came to an end.

This is very bad news. The conditions that justified the implementation of the Covid SRD Grant a year ago have not changed, and the impact that stopping this grant will have on communities will be severe, especially with the possibility of a virus third wave and winter approaching.

“It is sad to see old and young people sleeping at post offices just to be in front of the queues to get the grant so they can get something for the family to eat. The grant cut-off will be a disaster.” – Joanie Fredericks of Tafelsig in Cape Town, The Daily Maverick 23 April 2021 

At Love to Give, we believe this will bring renewed hunger and desperation in the township where our centre is based. Joblessness is a huge issue right now. Stellenbosch is a town that has been hard hit economically by the Covid-19 lockdowns because of its previously booming hospitality and tourism industries. The economy has not recovered, tourists have not returned and jobs are very scarce. Capable adults with previous job experience stream in to our centre daily and are desperate for help – firstly for help with food, and secondly, for help with writing their CV’s, or submitting applications for jobs, or help with their small businesses. Our staff are working tirelessly to assist as many people as we can.

Schools are open, and at least we have been able to resume our daily feeding of children. However, for many children, this is the only meal they will receive in the day, which is far too little for any growing child. Depression amongst children who are hungry manifests in different ways: bullying, or child-on-child violence, or apathy to name a few. Their growth becomes stunted, and their cognition and educational performance is poor. They need nutritious food and enough of it.

We would like to increase the number of food parcels which we hand out to families, and for this, we need your help. Please would you consider making a donation to us? Our banking details are below.
GOOD NEWS: This year, Love to Give in partnership with The Western Cape Government, Year Beyond and The Hope Through Action Foundation have implemented the @HomeLearning Programme in Kayamandi, where 15 interns called “yeboneers” working from our centre with vulnerable children who have dropped out of school due to Covid-related and socio-economic problems. As unemployed matriculants from Kayamandi, they are bridging a vital gap in these children’s lives whilst gaining valuable work experience and paid work themselves. We are very grateful to all those involved in this initiative.
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Thank you for reading this, for your financial support and for being part of our community.

Our donor community is our life-line and reason we exist. It is hard to thank each of you adequately, but please know that each family who is a beneficiary of Love to Give is extremely grateful for the help. The difference we are making in each child’s life is very important and has long term consequences, and it is thanks to you.

When you donate to us, you will receive a Donation’s receipt which can be used for tax purposes.

Bank: ABSA
Acc. Name: Stellenbosch Community Development Programme
Acc. No: 406 384 1099

With Warm Regards and many thanksAnnabel and the team at Love to Give

Annabel Rosholt, Project Director