Food relief projects that have not yet submitted their distribution programmes for next week to the Kouga Joint Operations Committee (JOC) are asked to do so by 10am on Thursday, 30 April.
The Kouga JOC is the official government coordinator of all local Covid-19 interventions and consists of various roleplayers, including, the municipality, SAPS, the Department of Health and other state departments.
“These submissions are necessary because many groups and individuals involved in food relief projects are not registered as essential services, ” Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks explained.
“That means that while these initiatives are very necessary, some are actually operating against the current lockdown laws. This puts the police in a very difficult position when it comes to enforcing the regulations.”
He emphasized that the intent was not to stop projects or to prescribe to them who their beneficiaries should be.
“It’s about making sure that those involved, have the necessary permission and protection to continue the incredible work they are doing to keep food on the tables of Kouga families.”
Food relief projects that have not yet done so are asked to email their details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am on Thursday, 30 April.
The email should include the following information:
The name of the food drive or organisation in charge of it
- The names, surnames, addresses, ID numbers and vehicle registration numbers of all those required to leave their homes for the purpose of arranging or distributing food parcels
- The distribution programme, including, the number of beneficiaries, the area of distribution and method of distribution (eg, door-to-door).
- Ideally, the names and addresses of beneficiaries should also be included. This is to help avoid the same households receiving more than one food parcel while others receive none.
Hendricks said, going forward, the establishment of a food bank was being considered in order to streamline the distribution of food parcels through entities that have the necessary permits to do so.
“Again, I would like to stress, that the aim is not to prescribe to groups who their food parcels should go to. They can choose the beneficiaries, for example, a church can specify that its food parcels must go to members of its congregation.
“Once the food bank has been established, the idea is that donations and food parcels, together with relevant beneficiary lists, can be dropped off there.
“The parcels will then be distributed to the specified beneficiaries by the municipality’s Law Enforcement unit and other entities with the necessary permits to do so.”
He said the details of the food bank, including the procedure to be followed, were currently being finalised.
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