South African COVID-19 Heroes


While some are dreaming about which restaurant they are going to visit when the lockdown ends, or how they wish their kids were back at school or them back at work, there are thousands of people who can't afford or don't have access to essential food or health supplies.

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There are organisations who are working tirelessly to get these essential services and products to those in need.  

Many would like to assist those in need, but are not sure how.

We have compiled a list of a few organisations which you can donate to, or who need volunteers. We will update the list as we receive new information.

If you know an organisation or if your organisation would like to be added to the list, please e-mail us at

One Humanity

In support of the COVID-19 response initiative in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region, One Humanity Foundation are providing assistance to distressed families and frontline workers in the form of food hampers, hygiene packs and sanitizer packs.

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Smartboy Food Services

Smartboy Food Services have offered assistance by providing a service where they will be delivering oats, maize meal and rice to organisations assisting in disaster relief.

More information below:

Image Courtesy Smartboy Food Services

Penny Appeal

Amidst the global COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown of South Africa, the Yusuf Islam Foundation has partnered with local humanitarian organisation, Penny Appeal South Africa, to provide an emergency relief of hygiene and food packs to vulnerable communities across the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

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SDI Force

Johannesburg has 15 000 homeless who are in need of urgent attention. These people are scared, hungry and desperate, SDI Force are in the process of distributing Emergency Relief Items such as food packs, Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), shelter, sleeping bags and apparel to those in need.

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Polo South Africa has committed to helping the City of Cape Town through pledging 250 000 cotton fabric masks to be distributed to commuters and essential services across the country.

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Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has commenced production of 57 000 protective face shields that will be donated to front-line medical and essential services personnel who are most at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus that has spread worldwide

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REGENT Business School

Hundreds of reusable face masks and protective face shields that are being produced at REGENT Business School’s iLeadLABs using 3D printed parts will be donated to healthcare professionals in the public sector.

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Thava Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant is responding to the desperate need for food in disadvantaged communities during the COVID-19 Lockdown with hundreds of hearty, hot and nutritious meals on a daily basis.

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