Never before in the history of our democracy has our country been confronted by such a severe threat to our health and future; however, it is a threat that we will be able to overcome if we work together.
Across our country, people and organisations have offered to help and the Solidarity Fund is the vehicle that has been set up to facilitate this.
Unaudited figures as of 28/05. Please expect up to 48 hours for Donations to clear and reflect.
As of 28/05
Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters R1 000 142 225 Naspers Ltd R500 000 000 The ELMA South Africa Foundation R250 000 000 Ithubu National Lottery R50 000 000 Telesure Investment Holdings R50 000 000
20 - 50
Ninety One Limited R40 000 000 Anglo American/De Beers R36 928 700 Fynbos Kapitaal R32 082 726 IDC R25 000 000 Yellowwoods R20 655 900 Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa R20 000 000 Exxaro Resources R20 000 000
10 - 20
The Coca-Cola Company South Africa R17 625 000 Capitec Bank Holdings Limited R15 000 000 Gold Fields Limited (GFL) R15 000 000 Sibanye-Stillwater Limited R12 000 000 South32 R10 505 066 PSG Wealth Financial Planning (Pty) Ltd R10 050 000 AVI Limited R10 000 000 Bidvest Group Limited R10 000 000 Hollard Group R10 000 000 Impala Platinum Holdings Limited R10 000 000 Santam Limited R10 000 000
5 - 10
SABMiller R7 000 0000 BNP Paribas Group R6 000 000 Claude Leon Foundation R5 000 000 Coronation Fund Managers & Employees R5 000 000 Imperial Holdings Limited R5 000 000 Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Ltd R5 000 000 Nestlé R5 000 000 Rand Mutual Assurance R5 000 000 South African Sugar Association R5 000 000 Tshipi É Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Ltd R5 000 000
1 - 5
Tronox KZN Sands (Pty) Limited R4 600 000 Tronox Mineral Sands Proprietary Limited R4 600 000 AVBOB R3 295 069 The Nedbank Foundation R3 000 000 Discovery Limited R2 500 000 Sphere Holdings R2 500 000 Datatec Limited R2 000 000 Dis-Chem Pharmacies Limited R2 000 000 Mr Price Group Limited R2 000 000 Shoprite Holdings Limited R2 000 000 RCL Foods Limited R1 622 197 Education Labour Relations Council R1 500 000 Kathu Solar Park R1 500 000 Masimong Foundation R1 500 000 Golden Pond Trading 67 R1 176 000 Adcock Ingram Holdings Ltd R1 100 000 Old Mutual Limited R1 000 589 Altron R1 000 000 ATC South Africa R1 000 000 Ball Family Foundation R1 000 000 Bid Corporation Pty Ltd R1 000 000 Clientéle Life R1 000 000 GIC Re Limited R1 000 000 Gordon Schachat R1 000 000 Hire All R1 000 000 LegalWise R1 000 000 Long4Life R1 000 000 Media24 R1 000 000 Premier FMCG (Pty) Ltd R1 000 000 Rain Shared Services (Pty) Ltd R1 000 000 Reonet R1 000 000 Roche Pharmaceuticals R1 000 000 Sasfin Holdings Limited R1 000 000 Scorpion Legal Protection (Pty) Ltd R1 000 000 Teraco Data Environments (Pty) Ltd R1 000 000 The Harry Crossley Foundation R1 000 000 The Mamba Cement Company (Pty) Ltd R1 000 000 Tiber Construction (Pty) Ltd R1 000 000 WDB Trust R1 000 000 Weir Minerals Africa (Pty) Ltd R1 000 000 Wiphold House R1 000 000
Through this Fund, we aim to:
Prevent the spread of the infection by supporting campaigns and communication measures to flatten the curve.
Detect and understand the magnitude of the disease through the supply of testing kits and research.
Care for those in hospital or medical care by ensuring a supply of PPE (personal protective equipment).
Support those whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic through the support of feeding and shelter programmes across the country.
As of 28/05. Unaudited
Food Relief Response
280 000 of 250 000We have exceeded our target of supplying food to 250 000 households.
We have delivered close to 280 000 food parcels and counting, to date.
Food parcels delivered
Slowing the rate of infection of the novel coronavirus, which is commonly referred to as flattening the curve, is critical to mitigating the impact of COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the virus. The primary aim of flattening the curve is to prevent COVID-19 from overwhelming public health systems and impacting the ability of medical staff to adequately attend to patients. Flattening the curve entails what is called social distancing, which is about minimising close contact between individuals. Keeping people away from each other is the only method we have currently to stop the virus and its disease from spreading. The Solidarity Campaign has been launched across all media channels, social media and citizen’s networks, to educate, mobilise and engage citizens around 'staying at home' as a core element in flattening the curve.
The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. As there is no cure and because the disease is highly infectious, it is generally accepted that early detection of potential carriers, and ensuring the appropriate isolation, is critical to managing its spread and the associated risk to public health systems. Testing is an essential component of effective outbreak responses. Without widespread testing, we cannot know whether a disease is spreading nor take measures to appropriately respond to it. Screening and testing are some of the most important tools in the fight to slow and reduce the spread and impact of the virus.
The Fund has also committed R250 million to support the National Laboratory Service to acquire testing equipment, and has supported the Department of Health to ensure that the 30 000 community health workers doing screening and testing have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to do their critical job, safely.
There is no cure for COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the new coronavirus. The world knows very little about COVID-19, and providing care is, therefore, difficult and demanding. Around the world, medical professionals and frontline medical workers have been infected at an alarming rate. In many countries, these workers have died at equally alarming rates. This is why it is so critical to ensure that frontline workers have the right personal protective equipment (PPE). A key part of the Solidarity Fund’s work is to ensure that the country has access to the necessary PPE. The Fund has already intervened and helped the country secure PPE to sustain the public health system and community health workers for two months during the next critical stage of the pandemic. However, there remains an acute shortage of PPE across the world, including South Africa, and the Fund needs to continue to play a key role in securing PPE for the country.
The Fund has also committed funds to acquire 200 ventilators, which will be allocated to hospitals based on need as guided by the Department of Health.
The Humanitarian Effort is one of three immediate focus areas for the disbursement of funds donated by South Africans to the Solidarity Fund.
To provide accelerated aid for South Africa’s most vulnerable households and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humanitarian Effort will focus on promoting human welfare through augmenting the efforts of government and business to enhance the households’ ability to cope through the pandemic – through sustaining access to food, care and other interventions to alleviate the impacts of economic disruption.
To achieve this, the Solidarity Fund is continuously engaging with multiple civil society groups and government partners to understand where the country’s most pressing needs are for intervention. This is bolstered through analysis and assessment.
The Fund’s first Humanitarian disbursement, announced on 18 April 2020, took the form of a R120 million donation to provide emergency food relief to over 250 000 distressed households across South Africa.
The food parcels, which will provide a family with food essentials for a two to four weeks (depending on the size of the household), will be delivered during the lockdown period as emergency food relief for vulnerable households experiencing severe food insecurity. This short-term, immediate relief intervention will allow time for the more systemic government grant solutions to take effect/come on stream.
The Fund, which is an independent organisation, seeks to augment existing civil society and government efforts. Distribution of the parcels will be done through a range of partners to optimise national coverage and impact, as shown below:
- 25% through the Department of Social Development’s 235 Community Nutrition and Development Centres (CNDCs)
- 50% through large national food distribution non-profit organisations that have expansive reach across the country
- Food Forward South Africa
- Afrika Tikkun
- Islamic Relief
- Lunchbox Fund
- 25% through a range of community-based organisations and faith-based organisations at provincial and local level. These include, but are not limited to, the South African Council of Churches, C-19 People’s Coalition, Hope Africa, Community Chest, SA Youth Movement, Rural Democracy Trust, Inqaba Yokulinda, and Hlanganisa, among others. A full list of partners will be published shortly.
Food relief is being provided through food parcels and vouchers.
Disclaimer: The Solidarity Fund’s focus is on identifying health and humanitarian risks and to coordinate activities or fund initiatives that augment and support the work of government and other social partners. The Fund does not accept unsolicited grant applications or provide direct relief to individuals or organisations.