A South African pharmaceutical and logistics company, T2N has given food aid to 38 000 people in Gauteng, about 35 percent of whom being undocumented foreign nationals.
Most of the undocumented migrants have not been getting food aid through formal channels and have had a hard time since the imposition of the coronavirus induced lockdown in March.
T2N’s site executive, Mr Thandani Nkomo Zidwe told Sunday News in a telephone interview that they partnered with the Gauteng Food Security Committee. He said:
In terms of the communities we have worked with you will find that even without the impact of Covid-19, the undocumented immigrants within this country, especially those without local identity particulars will be vulnerable and are not able to be assisted by local Social Welfare programmes.
Those people, in addition to the locals who were also adversely affected because of this pandemic, had to be covered. Sadly, the disease knows no boundaries or whether one has an ID or not…
Most of the migrants who got the aid are believed to be Zimbabweans.
Since the imposition of the lockdown, more than 6 000 Zimbabweans have registered for food aid at the Embassy in Pretoria while some have since returned home.
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