UKZN staff member Mrs Zandile Magwaza-Mtshali, her husband, Bishop Sibusiso Mtshali, and colleagues in the College of Health Sciences are donating food parcels to communities in and around Durban affected by COVID-19.
The couple, who started the project after the national lockdown was extended, belong to the Ethiopian Holy Baptist Church, which has congregations in Durban, Umlazi, Illovo, Doonside, KwaMashu and Hammarsdale.
‘I received donations of food parcels from a Muslim organisation and handed them out to our church members and members of the community who are in need. About 197 families have so far benefited from the project,’ said Magwaza-Mtshali.
The couple decided to extend the distribution of food parcels to all branches of the church through their chairpersons. ‘There are families from the community and the church who are no longer working due to the lockdown and also don’t qualify for UIF,’ she said.
Magwaza-Mtshali said they plan to provide food parcels to at least 1 000 people in different areas.