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How you can help feed those in need in the Cape Town area

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Apr 15, 2020

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Cape Town - The Western Cape, like many other regions in South Africa, is facing a humanitarian crisis following the recent extension of the Covid-19 lockdown.

On Wednesday the province’s Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez told Cape Talk that in the previous day alone the province had processed 12 500 calls for for food parcels, compared to the usual amount of around 2500 calls.

“If that is any indication, we need more than R53 million (budget). We need a huge sum of money for the humanitarian crisis that is staring us in the face,” Fernandez said.

The dire situation has already led to the outbreak of a violent protest in Tafelsig East, Mitchells Plain, where residents alleged that the community of Tafelsig West had received 150 food parcels the previous day, although the MEC later claimed that this was fake news.

Regardless of the stories going around, people in less fortunate communities face a dire situation and those who are able to assist with donations are urged to assist in any way they can.

This article is intended to put those who are able to assist in contact with those organisations are providing humanitarian relief, as well as giving those in need a better idea of where to find help in their area.

Those hoping to donate can do so through the city of Cape Town or through one of the area-based charitable organisations. 

You can make a donation through the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre by e-mailing:  [email protected] for more details.

Those seeking more information on the Western Cape Government's food relief programme can phone 0800 220 250 for the Department of Social Development general queries, and 0860 142 142 for donation requests and offers, between 7am and 4pm. You can also send a Please Call Me to 079 769 1207, or email [email protected]

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for more information on the province's food relief programme.

While the government’s feeding schemes remain swamped, there are numerous other charitable organisations that are helping to ease the load. One such feeding scheme is the work of Lavender6, a collective of people that provide a warm meal as well as instructions on sanitation and social distancing for 200 to 300 children daily.

These are some of the area-specific initiatives in the Western Cape


Bontas Samekoms

147 Prunus road, Bonteheuwel

Contact: Kash - 062 615 8714


Tjatjies Samekoms 

339 Manenberg Avenue, Manenberg

Contact: Gatto - 072 711 6622

Bellville South

Smurfs Bubbles Ecd 

72 Industry street Bellville South

Reg no: 2018/47615/7

Contact person: Felicia Faro - 073 906 1423

Feeding sites: Stilwaney, Skeem, Flaste, Ou Skeem


Heritage on the Move

21 Belle Hof, Vrede Street, Bellville

Reg no: 2013/206776/08

Contact: Lynn Abrahams - 083 612 0832

Lavender Hill


Contact: Lutz Manzelmann - 061 092 6631


for more information and banking details

Groceries can be delivered directly to Lavender6 via online grocery delivery services (such as Bottles) or they will collect larger grocery donations

Elsies River

Cravenby Care Centre

Contact: Vineshree Naidoo - 061 418 0006

Info: Find out more on their


Somerset West / Strand

Chef Dani

Rustof Secondary School

Contact: Danielle: 071 891 4433

Hout Bay

Massimo's Restaurant has created a campaign to prepare meals to be distributed to the needy, in collaboration with 'Gracie love in a bowl' and 'Community Cookup IY'

Find more information

City Bowl

Den Anker has partnered with NGO The Justice Desk & The Rhulani Mabasa Foundation to provide food parcels to families in need. More info

* If you are an NGO, NPO or charity organisation helping others during the coronavirus pandemic, please send details to [email protected] so that we can help you raise awareness.


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