Businesses heed call to help

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman distributes fruit and vegetables donated by local hawkers.

Mitchell’s Plain hawkers, traders and businesses have answered the call to help those in need during the national Covid-19 lockdown.

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman, had approached local businesses to donate goods and services to those less fortunate.

For more than two weeks, her Colorado Park home has been a collection point for donations. And it’s also where food is cooked and where food parcels are made up and dispatched from.

Ward 82 councillor Washiela Harris, has also been distributing food
parcels and calling on businesses for assistance.

Mayor Dan Plato also donated food parcels, which councillors were tasked with distributing.

The City of Cape Town has renewed calls to the public to help society’s most vulnerable during the lockdown.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is tapping into Cape Town’s NGO network to help the needy, including street people sheltering in tents at the Strandfontein sports field, the elderly, the frail and the poor.

In a statement, mayor Dan Plato thanked donors who had dug deep to help.

“We would not be where we are without their help. However, with the extension of the lockdown, we expect the need to increase in the coming week or two,” he said.

Call the centre at 021 597 6004 or email disaster.donations@capetown.gov.za to ensure donations are made in compliance with lockdown regulations.

You can also contact the South African Red Cross Society at 021 797 5360 or info.wc@redcross.org.za

Clean blankets in good condition are a top priority, and there are trolleys at Shoprite, Checkers and Pick * Pay stores where food donations can be dropped.

There is also a need for vanity packs, including soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, face cloths and sanitary towels; toilet paper; adult nappies; and mattresses.