Community Empowerment

Food Parcels Delivered To Informal Settlements and Hostels

Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina together with the MMCs of Community Services and Human Settlements resolved to fully reach out to residents of identified informal settlements.

Thereby wavering the food parcels application criteria, given the dire poverty situation in those areas. Therefore, the MMCs and the foodbank officials have set aside Fridays to visit informal settlements to conduct the door-to-door deliveries.

There are nine informal settlements reached so far. Neva Neva in Springs, Dhladhla Village, Extension 21 and Extension 6 in Tsakane. Ramaphosa and Joe Slovo informal settlements in Boksburg and VlakPlaas and Little Maseru in Vosloorus as well as Silahliwe informal settlement in Katlehong.

The number of food parcels donated per informal settlement are as follows:

  • Neva Neva – 120 food parcels
  • Dhladhla village (Tsakane) – 600 food parcels
  • Extension 21 (Tsakane) – 300 food parcels
  • Extension 6 (Tsakane) – 300 food parcels
  • Ramaphosa – 2000 food parcels
  • Joe Slovo – 2000 food parcels
  • VlakPlaas – 500 food parcels
  • Little Maseru – 500 food parcels
  • Silahliwe – 450 food parcels

 MMC Lesiba Mpya working together with the officials from Social Development coordinated efforts to reach out to hostel dwellers around the city.

Over 5000 food parcels have been donated to the following hostels.

  • Sethokga hostel in Tembisa
  • Actonville hostel in Benoni
  • Daveyton hostel
  • Vosloorus hostel
  • Katlehong hostel
  • Tokoza hostel

MMC Mpya commended the foodbank operations, stating that the process was transparent and fair. Work to reach out to more informal settlements across the City is still on going.

Furthermore, the City’s foodbank also reached out to community-based organizations such as churches, NGOs, sex workers as well as organizations and individuals in the arts and culture sector.