Donor Presentation Update & Report
Solidarity Fund Stakeholders Bulletin
On the 27th of June 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa upgraded the country’s lockdown from Alert Level Three, to Alert Level Four. This move was necessitated by the aggressive surge in COVID-19 infections – particularly in Gauteng, the province which has been identified as the epicentre of the third wave.
In the last few months, there have been a lot of important and exciting developments that the Solidarity Fund has been privileged to be a part of. With the National Vaccine Rollout Programme progressing into its second phase, the focus at the Fund has been on supporting the national vaccine effort in the most impactful manner possible.
I hope everyone had a peaceful Workers’ Day on Saturday. Although an international holiday, in South Africa, Workers’ Day is both a celebration of workers’ rights and a reminder of the critical role that labour organisations and unions played in the fight against Apartheid.
On the 23rd of March 2020, President Ramaphosa formally announced the establishment of the Solidarity Fund. This decisive response from the South African Government to the COVID-19 threat was nothing short of amazing and applauded by the WHO.
As the first of the COVID-19 vaccines start to arrive and be administered, many of us are breathing a sigh of relief. In the fight against this pandemic, there is no greater weapon than the vaccine. At the Fund, we support the national roll-out and are committed to playing our part as an additive to the National Health Response, standing ready to identify interventions within the mandate of the Fund that we can support.
Welcome to 2021. Who would have thought, this time last year, that we would be sitting where we are? The last year was tough and disastrous for too many. My heart and thoughts go out to all affected by this pandemic.
Solidarity Fund Stakeholders Bulletin
November 2020 - Second Edition
It’s been almost three weeks since I officially joined the Solidarity Fund family and, I must admit, it’s been a busy time. I have met with the teams, spoken to the press, and spent time understanding the ins and outs of the important work that is being done.
November 2020 - First Edition
October 31st marked my last day as Interim CEO of the Solidarity Fund. When I was approached to get involved, South Africa was facing an uncertain year ahead. We all knew that COVID-19 would affect our country – we were already seeing its global impact – but we didn’t know to what extent.
October 2020 - Second Edition
Next month sees the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign that runs between 25 November and 10 December. While this UN-backed campaign has made incredible headway in highlighting the problem, the battle against Gender-Based Violence must be fought 24/7/365, not just over 16 days.
October 2020 - First Edition
On the 16th of September, our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that South Africa would be moving into Level 1 lockdown. For many businesses and individuals, this heralded the return to some form of normality – a sign that South Africa could start rebuilding after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
September 2020 - Second Edition
On the 23rd of March, just over 6 months ago, the Solidarity Fund was created by our President, Cyril Ramaphosa. We were formed under unique and extreme conditions and in response to immediate concerns.
September 2020 - First Edition
There can be no doubt that the last few months have been a busy time for all involved in the Fund. We have no intention of slowing down, however. At our ongoing donor roundtables, we get the chance to engage directly with donors – giving personal feedback on our interventions and projects, and hearing, first-hand, their thoughts on our projects.