Last week we completed the food parcel delivery for this part of the project. The last effort saw us deliver 12 tons of maize meal into Ekuphumleni in four nights. This delivery was somewhat disrupted firstly by weather and secondly by behavior towards those who were doing the delivery.
We are not sure where this attitude of a “right to a parcel” comes from but we were getting an enormous amount for pressure from the people that we knew were either working and/or receiving parcels from another source. This was cooled down by taking a weekend break and resuming on last Monday. The actual dates of the deliveries were 20,21 then 25 and 27 May.
From the 26 to the 27 we were also running 4 tons of potatoes and 2.5 tons of milk during the day. It was during these day time deliveries that Mike Konaha, our chief organizer, was both physically and verbally assaulted by the lady, Noluthando Ziqula who is the head of the ANC in Ekuphumleni and her brother, Xolani Ziqula. A charge has been laid at Kenton SAPS.
This brings a close to this project as we are about to go into level 3 of lockdown and most of the people will be back at work. We will however, with the remaining funds, be doing drops to people that we know to be very desperate. This will only occur after being vetted by one of us. What we mean by this is that someone may claim to be desperate but if you walk into their house, you find that the DSTV is on.
For our accounts, this last drop cost R82-00 x 1200 = R98 400.
Fresh food will still be incoming and this will be distributed as and when it arrives. I would like to commend Ross, Tobie, Nick, Mike, Banele, Patrick, Tulani, Anele, Kolisi and Sphosethe for all their help during this operation. Picture below of all or chaps.