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SANParks donate food parcels to struggling communities

CAPE TOWN – SANParks continues their support to those less fortunate during the Covid-19 pandemic by donating food parcels to surrounding communities facing growing hardships.

The Covid-19 pandemic has added additional pressure to the struggling communities in South Africa leaving many heavily relying on assistance just to meet their basic needs.

The staff at Table Mountain Park (TMNP) in partnership with the TMNP Honorary Ranger corpse distributed 150 food parcels to struggling families in Capricorn and Westlake communities in Cape Town.

Last week Friday, 9 October, 100 food parcels were delivered to destitute families with no form of income or elderly in Westlake who were identified by Westlake United Church Trust staff who also assisted with the TMNP staff with the door-to-door deliveries.

Wendy Johnson, Socio-Economic Transformation (SET) Manager, says, “This Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative started in May when more than 500 food parcels were donated to vulnerable communities bordering the Park. SANParks intends to make a difference in the lives of households who are in desperate need of assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people have lost their income through this pandemic.”

Another 50 food parcels were donated to the Where Rainbows Meet, an NPO that focuses on assisting the struggling communities of Vrygrond, Cape Town, with various programmes on early childhood development, education and social support, with this being the third donation SANParks has made to the organisation during the lockdown.

Frans van Rooyen, TMNP Park Manager, says, “It is important to assist our neighbouring communities. We want to ensure them that we care. I would also like to thank my staff and the TMNP Honorary Rangers for their dedication during these uncertain times.”

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