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Siya Kolisi, foundation bring COVID-19 relief to Bay families

Apr 21, 2020
Siya Kolisi, foundation bring COVID-19 relief to Bay families

Port Elizabeth - Zwide Township born and raised Rugby World Cup winning captain, Siya Kolisi, on Saturday led from the front, bringing along various partners to deliver hundreds of food parcels to residents of Zwide.

"I grew up in this area and witnessed the work of the Ubuntu Foundation as a kid, the work they do deserves our support and that is why I am here. We must follow the call for each one to feed one as we battle the damage and suffering caused by this coronavirus,” said Kolisi.

"The President called on South Africans to stay at home during this lockdown, and in support of that call, we are here doing our bit as the Kolisi Foundation accompanied by our partners, Ubuntu Foundation, Imbumba Foundation and Old Mutual Foundation to make sure that families in need do not go hungry,” concluded Kolisi.

The four foundations with support from the Nelson Mandela Bay COVID-19 Disaster Management Forum distributed over 500 food parcels. Each family received parcels containing essentials such as mealie meal, cooking oil, rice, vegetables, soap for handwashing, cloth masks and sanitary items for women and girls. In addition, each package received an isiXhosa leaflet with important Coronavirus awareness and hygiene guidelines. Beneficiaries of this relief were identified through the Ubuntu Pathways database.

Ubuntu Pathways (Foundation) co- founder Malizole "Banks” Gwaxula was on hand to assist Kolisi. Banks said, "Ubuntu pathways is rooted in Zwide and serves all of Nelson Mandela Bay. Our clients are the community, they are the ones deeply affected by this pandemic because they can’t work. We say to them, stay at home, we will bring the necessities during these tough times.”

Nelson Mandela Bay Disaster Management Head, Shane Brown was complimentary of the Kolisi Foundation for intervening in the Bay, "The NMB COVID-19 Disaster Management Forum welcomes this effort and encourages others in all spheres of public life to do whatever they can to help. To do so, they must get in touch with the Joint Operations Centre so we can coordinate the logistics, permits and movement during the lockdown”.

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