06April

Donate and make a difference

Many people are eager to play their part during the lockdown and to assist the most vulnerable people in our society. Fortunately, the City of Cape Town has set up dedicated channels for donations. Read this handy guide below to find out how and what you can donate. The Community Chest, amongst others, is also geared to collect and distribute goods: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | https://www.comchest.org.za/.

Donate and make a difference

City calls for donations to assist vulnerable groups

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is tapping into Cape Town’s extensive NGO network and relationships with various sectors to lend a helping hand to those in need. Read more below:

The City, as part of its Disaster Operations, has set up dedicated channels to facilitate donations to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Beneficiaries will include street people who are being moved to the City’s temporary shelter in Strandfontein, residents at old age homes and frail care centres and the indigent.

The call for donations comes after an exercise to establish a network of Non-Governmental Organisations that are available and able to partner with the City during this time.

The City realises that donation drop-offs will have to be done differently to ensure adherence to the lockdown regulations.

To this end, the Disaster Risk Management Centre has established a dedicated number – 021 597 6004, as well as an email address, which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One of the NGO partners, the South African Red Cross Society, has also established a point of contact for donations. The public can contact them on 021 797 5360 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

‘A critical need that has been identified is blankets. The City realises that, because stores are closed, residents are not able to buy blankets. So we appeal for any spare blankets from your home that are clean and in good condition. There is also a list of food items that will be used to make food parcels for indigent residents. Trolleys have been made available at Shoprite/Checkers and Pick ‘n Pay stores, so we ask the public to deposit any food donations in these trolleys when they leave home to top up on essential goods.

We will also ask that trolleys be made available for single donations of blankets. However, anyone who is in a position to donate larger quantities is asked to please reach out to our Disaster Management Centre or the Red Cross Society using the contact details provided, so that we can arrange for collection,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

A list of recommended foodstuff is outlined below:

Item

Quantity

Item

Quantity

Item

Quantity

Flour (bread or cake)

2.5kg

Powdered Milk (no tea/coffee creamers)

1kg

Onions

1kg

Carrots or fresh vegetables

1kg

Macaroni

500g

Peanut Butter

410g

Cooking Oil

750ml

Maize Meal

2.5kg

Pilchards in Tomato

400g

Corned Beef

300g

Dried Soup Mix

500g

Potatoes

7kg

Instant Coffee

250g

Lentils

500g

Rice

1kg

Jik

Bottle

Jam

450g

Salt

500g

Long life milk

1 litre

Oats (instant or traditional)

1kg

Samp

2.5kg

Soup Powder

500g

Textured Veg. protein (Soy mince)

250g

Tinned beans/corn

410g

Spaghetti

500g

Tea

100 bags

Yeast

10g

Sugar

2.5kg

Tinned Food Bake Beans

410 g

Fresh fruit

 

Sugar Beans

500g

Tinned Food Mix Veg

410 g

Fresh vegetables

 

The City further appeals to donors to please ensure the integrity of the packaging of donated goods and to be mindful of food safety guidelines. Packaged food should be donated in the original, unopened packaging with ingredient labels.

Do not donate:

• Canned foods with dented and/or rusted tins
• Foods in opened or torn containers (e.g. crushed boxes or packaging) exposing the food to potential contamination
• Leaking packaging

‘The COVID-19 pandemic is unrivalled in terms of its impact, not just in terms of the threat to human health, but it has also inflicted unprecedented economic hardship on so many in our country, and in fact many countries around the world. However, what has become apparent in the last week is the sense of solidarity between South Africans and the willingness to help others. Cape Town has an established track record as a very giving city and we appeal to our residents who are able to spare something extra during this turbulent time, to build on that track record and please reach out and help where they can,’ added Alderman Smith.

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Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1311 or Cell: 083 675 3780, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please always copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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