The spirit of Ubuntu is alive and well in South Africa.
Support from across the food chain
Since launching our relief campaign in the week commencing 11th of April, we have received donations of food from Tiger Brands, RCL Foods through the Do More Foundation, the OneFarm Share programme from Standard Bank and HelloChoice, the Tzu Chi Foundation, Pepsico, Frymax, Liberty Foods, Pioneer Foods, Pick ‘n Pay and Checkers. In some cases, donations have been supplemented with purchasing, supporting our partners and their supply chain such as emerging farmers, and ensuring sufficient volumes to meet the enormous need.
Finance and Logistics
Several large donors have given their financial support, and communities and companies have rallied to lend their support. The logistics industry has stepped in, which is enabling us to collect food donations in Cape Town and Joburg to bring to Durban in interlink trucks and we have received support from several major logistics companies with whom we have existing relationships, including Waterford Carriers, Time Link, Maersk, Value Logistics, Allied Logistics and Meridian Logistix. Our warehouse partner in Joburg, Waterford Carriers, has provided invaluable assistance in providing additional warehouse space for pallet loads of donations before being sent to Durban.
Clothing and blankets
From plastic bags filled with blankets and clothes from Durban residents and community collections in Joburg to a R1 million donation of clothing for men, women and children by H&M and a truckload of blankets from the Rotary Club in Bedfordview, our warehouse has gratefully accepted donations to help clothe and comfort the thousands of displaced people.
Collaborations and Partnerships
The power of collaboration has been proven once again, and we are privileged to be working with exceptional organisations who have identified SA Harvest’s strength in distribution as the means to ensure that aid reaches those who need it most. From our warehouse in Kings Park Stadium, we are facilitating the last mile of relief donations to ensure a co-ordinated and systematic response to the need alongside organisations such as The Angel Network, the Do More Foundation, the Black Coffee Foundation, several Rotary Clubs, The Sharks Hands of Hope initiative, and SA Rugby Legends.
Communities coming together
Individuals, communities, schools, clubs and companies have come together, organised collections, spread the word, and given in abundance – embodying the spirit of ubuntu. This sense of community has extended beyond Durban to Joburg, where one of SA Harvest’s beneficiaries, Fearless Life Ministries organised a small army of NGOs to collect water, blankets and clothes, which were sent down in two trucks to Durban. By the end of their collections, close to 700 5-litre water bottles had reached Durban.