In keeping with its commitment to spend R1.5-million to meet critical food supply in the King Cetswayo district, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) is delivering food parcels totalling R900 000 to the uMfolozi and uMhlathuze municipalities for distribution among communities.
On May 28, food parcels valued at R450 000 were delivered to the Umfolozi municipality, while similar food parcels totalling R450 000 are scheduled to be handed over to the uMhlathuze municipality on May 29.
Each food parcel is worth R850 and will provide a family with food for a month.
RBM MD Werner Duvenhage says the company “had to move fast” to feed community members, especially with demand for food assistance rising as the effects of the national lockdown bite deeper.
“Our donation of food is a basic human need that is required even more as we are battling the spread of the coronavirus.”
He says that, as a business that works closely with and within various communities, RBM is concerned about the health and wellbeing of residents during the coronavirus crisis.
“We will continue to work with the wider business community in Richards Bay, and the district health authorities, to help fight this crisis and create sustainable growth in our communities,” Duvenhage promises.
uMfolozi mayor Smangaliso Mgenge says that the community values the partnership with RBM. “Partnerships with corporates and government departments are very important because we need all resources to save lives and fight this pandemic.”
uMhlathuze mayor Mduduzi Mhlongo adds that RBM’s donation of non-perishable food items to the Food Bank will assist to feed families of various sizes.
RBM’s donation of food follows the handover of critical supplies including hand sanitiser, masks and gloves valued at R100 000 to community health clinics in the King Cetswayo district.
In another effort to assist learners during lockdown and beyond, RBM has produced study aids for grade 4 to 7 learners from its host communities.