Actors Israel Matseke-Zulu and Presley Chweneyagae visited Alexandra today where they donated food and COVID19 essentials to the community including the victims of the recent fire in the township.
The two said their efforts were in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for all of us to do our bit to help alleviate the impact of the Coronavirus especially on the poorest of the poor.
“I was touched when I arrived here. There is poverty written all over the faces of the poor especially women and children. The impact of this virus will be even bigger on our poor than those with money. That is what informed our response, to come here. Its a double impact for the victims this time when not only do they have to deal with the problem of homelessness caused by the fire, but COVID19 which government call on all of us to stay at home. Where will they stay? If they do manage to rebuild what would they eat. Its gonna be difficult,” said GP-MaOrange who was born in Alexandra.
The pair were joined and supported by the Southern Africa Youth Movement (SAYM) which helped identify some of the needy across the country.
“The youth are equally affected by the impact of Coronavirus. Already they were affected by unemployment and inherent poverty from their homes. Most of them are not in school because of other underlying social injustices. It is for this reason we work with and for the youth to ensure the message reach the older generation their parents. Like with HIV/Aids they are impacted as they have to care for the sick elders in their homes. But they also need to edhere to basic hygiene to ensure they don’t catch it and infect others,” added Chweneyagae.
The two are planning to distribute the food parcels and COVID19 essentials to at least five provinces including Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Freestate and North West. Over and above what they have distributed today, they are planning to distribute seeds for farming, borehole for the villages where there is no water and other sustainable assistance which will help even beyond when the food is finished.
“We are excited to work with the two and are looking at inspiring other celebrities to join in especially in the other provinces outside Gauteng, to ensure they lead efforts to help curb the spread of Coronavirus. We support the ideas of GP-MaOrange and Presley of ensuring sustainability to the poverty-stricken communities targeted to ensure that food production continues even beyond this trying times and donate seeds, boreholes and water tanks,” said Muzwakhe Sigudla from SAYM.
GP-Maorange and Chweneyagae say their next stop is Mpumalanga, but the aim is to reach every corner in the country.
“We will go around to amplify government basic message that people must practice basic hygiene – wash your hands regularly with soap, sanitize, observe social distancing, Stay at home. This Coronavirus doesn’t move, it has no legs or wheels. We the people assist it to move around by moving around,” added GP-MaOrange.
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