The lockdown, which was initiated by President Cyril Ramaphosa in March 2020, was necessitated by the increase of COVID-19 infections. A call which was supported by many. However, the government made an appeal to all South Africans to work together to ensure that the curve was flattened.
The government further extended its call to non-profit organizations to help in any way possible to ease the burden of the underprivileged. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF), in partnership with Africa Awake, has gone all out to galvanize resources aimed at assisting those who are in need.
Recently, these two organizations returned to the Zamimphilo informal settlement for the fifth time since the beginning of lockdown, to deliver food to more than one thousand individuals and families. This was just one of many distributions that these organizations have carried out in the province, and in other parts of the country.
Speaking to the Rising Sun, Amir Sheikh, ADF Spokesperson, said no human being should die owing to starvation. One life lost is one too many, hence the need to work tirelessly to ensure that the masses in the country has a sense of stability and dignity. He further conveyed his gratitude to the Gift of the Givers for lending them. Serge Lwamba, of Africa Awake, shared Sheikh’s sentiments. He said that his heart bleeds when he sees a large percentage of the population going to bed on an empty stomach. He said inequality sees no race, hence, they donate to everyone despite their country of origin. Lwamba said for them, the vital part is to serve humanity. These organizations stated that they will continue to assist,as long as there is a need, and until the country returns to normal.