The Shoprite Group is distributing thousands of hampers following the unrest, vandalism and arson in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which has left many people destitute.
In the last few days it has:
- Handed over 1 774 hampers, amounting to 8.5 tons of essential food and groceries, to CityHope Disaster Relief in Durban. The organisation forms a part of the KZN Response Team, formed in 2019 in partnership with the South African Red Cross Society, the Domino Foundation and Zoë-Life and will distribute the parcels to affected communities in Durban as well as the North and South Coast.
- Donated 1 000 hampers to King Misuzulu Ka Zwelithini for distribution in Nongoma.
- Arranged for another 1 500 hampers, comprising 1 000 hampers and 500 Usave food buckets, to be transported to Durban, to be handed out to people in need.
Linebooker has been assisting the Group with transport.
The initiatives over the past few days are in addition to the 2 000 hampers packed in Cape Town and sent to Pietermaritzburg via Airlink last week, to help residents, many of whom live in informal settlements and lost their homes.
The Group has also donated R1 million to the Shoprite Act For Change Fund for use by vetted organisations involved in relief efforts to help communities rebuild. The Fund is managed by the Group, on behalf of its customers, and all donations collected go to organisations working directly on relief efforts in the areas that need it most. Customers can add a contribution to their purchases at Shoprite, Checkers and Usave till points nationwide or online via the Computicket website.
The Shoprite Group has always been committed to supporting communities in need and has been directing funds collected by the Act For Change Fund to communities affected by challenges such as drought, floods and COVID-19 since 2016.