The number of humanitarian efforts taking place in the Mother City has increased since lockdown, as the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted the livelihoods of many. Last week, students from Rondebosch Boys High used the money set aside for their annual Matric Ball to make up food parcels for the residents of an informal settlement known as “Die Gatjie” in Diep River.

“It was Oliver Slingers, who trains at the gym with Howard Davids and teachers at the school, that requested if he could bring one of their students to assist in feeding the hungry on the streets. The student who came was so taken aback that he persuaded the Matric Dance Committee to donate their money to feed the hungry in Die Gatjie,” said James Odell, a local photographer who photographed the Rondebosch Boys High students as they provided food for the community.

“We asked them to make up food parcels and to hand them out to the mothers. The delight on their faces made their day.”


The Rondebosch Boys students join a host of other Capetonians doing their bit to make a difference in these difficult times.

A group of Cape Town chefs have come together to make a difference by putting their skills to work and hosting a ‘soupathon’ with a goal to produce 326 000 cups of soup a month for hungry residents in the Mother City.

A woman from Ottery has identified over 100 families in her area who require support during the lockdown. To provide help during this tough time, she has started a crowdfunding campaign to help feed them.

Also read: Girl raises funds to help soup kitchen

Pictures: James Odell/Facebook

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.