CAPE TOWN. – Nelson Mandela Day is commemorated on the 18th July 2021 to honour the legacy of the former President of South Africa, but it is also a call to action for South African citizens to get together to start or sustain initiatives like delivering food parcels, teaching online or making donations towards these efforts.
1000 Women Trust has been a proud torchbearer of women-led initiatives to combat gender-based violence, end femicide and also to empower, inspire, educate and train survivors of gender-based violence to live a life free of violence while being economically self-sustaining.
When 1000 Women Trust commenced with its War on Hunger in 2020, it started and sustained 45 community soup kitchens, which is still feeding 15 000 people per day in and around the Western Cape.
But the Trust requires the support of its donors, partners and friends to sustain and possible expand these efforts in the light of the alarming statistics of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Report (IPC report).
This report revealed that in the period between September and December 2020, 9.34 million people in South Africa, or 16 % of the population, faced high levels of acute food insecurity and required urgent action to reduce food gaps and protect livelihoods.
Of the nine provinces of South Africa, eight: Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng, North West, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape, were classified in Stressed (IPC Phase 2), and are in need of action for livelihood protection, while Kwa-Zulu Natal Province is classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). South Africa’s deteriorating food security is mainly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation measures as well as high food prices, drought and economic decline.
In the period between January and March 2021, 11.8 million people (20% of the analysed population) are in a crisis. Of the nine provinces analysed, seven provinces, namely Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape, have fallen into crisis (IPC Phase 3), while the Mpumalanga province and Northern Cape remain in IPC Stressed (IPC Phase 2). A large proportion of the South African population need urgent action to reduce food gaps and protect livelihoods.
According to the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises, there are 155 million people living in acute hunger worldwide. Africa accounts for 63 % of the global total and 40.4 million of those living in central and southern Africa. (Source: Daily Maverick, May 2021).
“No man or woman is an island, and we cannot address the dire socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic without the sustained support of donors, friends, family members and partners of 1000 Women Trust. With your help, we will win the War on Hunger,” said Tina Thiart, founder member of 1000 Women Trust.
“We are also committed with the assistance of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Pick ‘n Pay, Namakwaland Sitrus and all our commercial partners to accelerate and expand the employment prospects of women who survived gender-based violence. Through these partnerships we wish to further extend our footprint throughout South Africa,” said Thiart.