Local businesses have been called upon to assist in food donations for the unemployed, pensioners, the sickly, child-headed families and street hawkers under the Food Bank fund.
Local supermarkets and medical shops have benefitted tremendously from the lockdown as they were some of the few key essential services allowed to trade.
Buffalo City Mayor, Xola Pakati, spoke at a media briefing this morning (April 24) at the City Hall.
Pakati announced that they have opened a Food Bank in order to encourage businesses and civil society to make donations and help fight hunger. He thanked the business community and civil society in the City who are continuing to contribute in fighting hunger during this period. “With the Food Bank, businesses can pledge their commitment and we will manage the distribution.” Chippa United Chairman, Siviwe Mpengesi, donated food parcels worth R300 000 this month.
Local food retailers will supply food worth R30 million from the Metro’s social relief program. Vouchers will be rolled out from today (Friday) until May 3 in order to ensure that people do not flock to the shops at the same time.
“We have decided on a food voucher system in order to avoid middle persons and to ensure transparency. Local food retailers have been chosen where the vouchers can be used,” said Pakati. He added that the vouchers also serve to restore people’s dignity by the government not choosing what they will eat.
The Metro reprioritised its budget in line with Cogta regulations in order to avail these funds. 800 households per ward will receive a voucher worth R750. Buffalo City has 50 wards.