African Diaspora Forum rescues communities during lockdown

By Dorothy Mabelebele

Due to COVID-19, South Africans are urged to stay at home during the lockdown. On the 9th of April 2020 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the extension of lockdown to end of April. President Ramaphosa pleaded with South Africans to make even greater sacrifices so that our country may survive this crisis and so that tens of thousands of lives may be saved, “We will use the coming days to evaluate how we will embark on risk-adjusted measures that can enable a phased recovery of the economy, allowing the return to operation of certain sectors under strictly controlled conditions”, said President Ramaphosa.

African Diaspora Forum (ADF) has met with different communities to help vulnerable with food parcels. On April 20 April, ADF leadership was at Dobsonville Soweto to handover food parcels. ADF Spokesperson Amir Sheikh Hussein said that “When the lockdown was announced by President we decided to assist the local communities and we are very happy that Sowetan migrants business owners together with ward 47 & 48 councillors will hand over the food parcels to them”. Sheik Hussein added that 300 households received food parcels each worth R500 in Meadowlands and surrounding areas further more we have to distribute 1000 food parcels to migrants that reside in Mayfair and Inner City of Johannesburg. Ward 48 councillor Tshepo Nawane concluded by saying that this is what being an African is about, living together and assisting each other, someone who didn’t have food at all today will have something to eat today.

African Diaspora Forum is a non profit organisation open to all willing individuals and organisations sharing the objectives of the forum. It is originally comprised of a number of organisations representing African migrant communities living in South Africa. It facilitate and develop relationships, exchanges and mutual understanding between South Africans and none South African residents in South Africa (in particular, but not exclusively, through the organisation of pan African cultural events; through the participation in civil society organisations at the local level – such as community policing forums, civics, street committees).

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