Food distribution in Spruit/Mooiplaas in Tshwane today. 10 000 10kg maize meal, veg hampers, bread and soap/sanitizers were distributed. Footage: @zaidmall

14 MAY 2020

THE community of Spruit near Laudium, Pretoria, has joined forces with the “Share the Care powering MealSA” campaign to provide urgent relief to vulnerable communities living in the surrounding areas of Mooiplaas, Spruit.

The project is a targeted collaboration with a number of organisations working within the Spruit Community Support Forum. They hail from a diverse range of social backgrounds and religious groupings.

Over 10 000 mealie meal parcels, vegetable packs, facemasks, sanitisers and soaps were donated to needy households, the majority of whom have been crippled by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ziyaad Shaboddin, coordinator of the project, said local organisations like, United Muslim Forum, Highway Church, Rotary Club of Centurion, Uplifting Humanity, Pretoria Tamil League, Ward61 Welfare Community Safety, Muslims of Tshwane, Madina Mercy, Abs youth Group, 9114kidZ, Light of the Needy, Mbegu, Pretoria Bhajanai Mandram and others had joined forces under the banner of the Spruit Community Support Forum to ensure that their neighbours’ daily needs were met.

“Today’s food and sanitation distribution follows a previous distribution that saw to the needs of close to 8000 recipients who turned out in a queue that stretched for close to three kms,” he said.

Yunus Moola of the MealSA campaign said that it was necessary for civil society formations to band together to ensure that communities across SA have food, water and sanitation to ensure human dignity.

“Eradication of poverty is the way to peace ,” said legendary singer-songwriter, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens.
The internationally celebrated singer-songwriter and humanitarian is now supporting the “Share the Care powering MealSA” campaign through his new Peacetrain initiative.

“The Share the Care powering MealSA project is set to continue its campaign of feeding thousands of people across South Africa during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The aim is to contribute positively to social dignity and food security in difficult times,” said Share the Care’s Zeinoul Cajee.

All media enquiries can be directed to:
Ziyaad Shaboddin (Coordinator – Spruit Community Support Forum)
Yusuf Abramjee
Ismail Essa 0617863772