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.Â
In the last fewÂ daysÂ it has:Â
- Handed overÂ 1 774 hampers, amounting to 8.5 tons ofÂ essentialÂ food and groceries,Â toÂ CityHopeÂ Disaster ReliefÂ in Durban.Â 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 ZoÃ«-Life and will distribute the parcels to affected communities in Durban as well as the North and South Coast.
- DonatedÂ 1 000 hampersÂ to KingÂ MisuzuluÂ Ka Zwelithini for distribution in Nongoma.
- Arranged for another 1â¯500 hampers, comprising 1 000 hampers and 500 Usave food buckets, to be transported to Durban, to be handed out to people in need.
LinebookerÂ hasÂ been assistingÂ the GroupÂ with transport.
The initiatives over the past few days areÂ inÂ addition to theÂ 2â¯000 hampers packed in Cape Town and sent to Pietermaritzburg via AirlinkÂ last week,Â to help residents, many ofÂ whomÂ live inÂ informal settlementsÂ and lost theirÂ homes.
The Group has also donatedÂ R1 million to the Shoprite ActÂ ForÂ Change FundÂ for use byÂ vetted organisations involved in relief efforts to help communities rebuild.Â The Fund is managed by the Group,Â on behalf of its customers, and all donationsÂ 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,â¯Checkersâ¯andâ¯Usaveâ¯till points nationwideÂ orÂ online via the Computicket website.
The Shoprite Group has always been committed to supporting communities in need and has been directing funds collected by theÂ Actâ¯Forâ¯Change FundÂ to communities affected by challenges such as drought, floods and COVID-19â¯since 2016.