SOUTH POINT SUPPORTS GIFT OF THE GIVERS’ FOOD PROVISION DURING LOCKDOWN
South Point has supported Africa’s largest disaster response NGO of African origin, Gift Of The Givers, in its provision of food relief to Braamfontein-based students who’ve not been able to vacate their residences during the 5-week national lockdown as ordered by President Cyril Ramaphosa, effective from 26 March 2020. The student food distribution scheme is a joint initiative between Gift Of The Givers and Wits University.
Says South Point CEO, Ndumiso Davidson, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a global emergency of unprecedented scale, requiring an escalation of extraordinary interventions, particularly so in South Africa, where we’ve not dealt with a crisis of this magnitude since the dawn of our young democracy. Following university instructions to vacate, the vast majority of our students were able to vacate their residences ahead of the lockdown, joining their families. However, not all were in a position to do so. As South Point’s business is deemed non-essential, with the vast majority of our team working remotely and our normal support structures stretched, this helping hand is very welcome and needed to be supported.”
On Thursday, 9 April 2020 – ahead of the long Easter weekend in which supermarkets might have restricted trading hours – food essentials were distributed to some 181 Braamfontein-based students who’ve been unable to return to their homes. Says Davidson, “The food distribution programme is a Wits University-coordinated project, working with Gift Of The Givers, in an effort to support Wits students. As South Point is also home to students who are studying at other tertiary institutions we’ve widened the safety net, contributing emergency funds to ensure that all of our remaining students – including those who aren’t studying at Wits – have been able to benefit from this humanitarian aid. We thank Wits University and Gift Of The Givers for delivering much-needed food support for our students, and are pleased that we’ve been also been able to assist with this noble effort. It’s also important to thank BadBoyz, our district security service provider, as well as the small but dedicated and hard-working South Point team who’ve remained behind during the lockdown, giving their time and energy to assist with distribution to our students. We look forward to returning to some semblance of normality, the pace of which will be guided by the actions and cooperation of all South Africans adhering to Government’s appeal to comply with its lockdown strategy.”