While South African citizens struggle under the weight of the country’s prolonged Covid-19 lockdown, some are feeling the pinch more than others.
Aware of this struggle for many, local Zwelitsha All Stars Social Football Club decided to help their community by donating food parcels and clothing to 11 beneficiaries on Sunday afternoon.
Their programme started in Zone 8, with the team blessing 10 families at the Crossroads Informal Settlements before going to Barcelona, where they handed the 11th parcel to a 79-year-old woman.
The residents were handed face masks, gloves and sanitiser before receiving the parcels, which included rice, maize meal, sugar, oil, samp and beans.
Club deputy chairperson Thanduxolo Breakfast said they were deeply affected by the extreme poverty and poor health of people living at the settlements.
“It is quite an emotional situation, seeing that our government is doing the best in assisting those who are not as well off,” Breakfast said.
He said after an initial visit to the area, the players collectively agreed to donate food parcels.
“Each member contributed financially and the club added the rest to be able to purchase these items, which we hope will make a difference,” he said.
Club chairperson Thabo Nkopo said the initiative was the club’s way of helping the community where they could.
“We would like to extend a word of gratitude to the Ginsberg-based Moss family for their donation, and to our members and players for their contributions,” Nkopo said.
One of the beneficiaries, 47-year-old Msindwana Kholiswa, a mother of five children, is unemployed.
“Thank you to these men for bringing us food at a time when our cupboards are empty,” she said.
Community leader Andile Ntsokolo, 54, said the team’s visit was a “God send”.