As part of SANParks’ continuous response to COVID-19, Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) staff in collaboration with the TMNP Honorary Ranger corpse, distributed 150 food parcels donations to vulnerable families living in Westlake and Capricorn communities.

On Friday, October 9, 100 food parcels were donated during a door-to-door delivery in the Westlake community with the assistance of Westlake United Church Trust staff who were able to identify destitute households with no income and elderly people living with foster children.

Another 50 food parcels were donated to a non-profit organisation called “Where Rainbows Meet”  – a training and development foundation – in Capricorn in support of their feeding scheme. Veloshni Baker, Head of Administration at Westlake United Church Trust thanked SANParks for their succour. This is the third time that food parcels were donated by South African National Parks since the lockdown period started. Previous food parcel donations were made in the Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu communities.

Wendy Johnson – Socio-Economic Transformation (SET) Manager – says: “This Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative started in May when more than 500 food parcels were donated to vulnerable communities bordering the Park. SANParks intends to make a difference in the lives of households who are in desperate need of assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic as many people have lost their income through this pandemic.”

“It is important to assist our neighbouring communities. We want to ensure them that we care. I would also like to thank my staff and the TMNP Honorary Rangers for their dedication during these uncertain times,” says Frans van Rooyen, TMNP Park Manager.

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