The introduction of the South African lockdown to decrease the spread of COVID-19 has seen Corporate South Africa step up its support for organisations that are working to address the immediate needs of vulnerable people and populations.
The #OperationSAFund is one of those organisations, to date the emergency relief fund has been growing in pledges and donations from the business community and individuals. Recently, the fund received R1 Million from Telesure Investment holdings to ensure that the initiative can continue to operate successfully.
According to Robyn Farrell, CEO of Non-Life at Telesure ,” We have a responsibility to protect the well being of our employees, offer peace of mind to our customers, lend a helping hand to small business within our value chain who have been impacted and disrupted by the pandemics as well as help our communities, For our communities, one of the initiatives we are supporting is #OperationCovid19.
Operation SA founder and social activist, Yusif Abrahamjee , says the response from corporates and individuals so far has been overwhelming.
The Willowton Group has already donated 40 000 soap bars and Amka products in centurion has donated 10 000 bars. Laudium Disaster Management contributed R50 000 to the movement , furthermore, Multichoice and Profmed Medical Aid have contributed R400 000 and R100 000 respectively.
” We #BelieveinSouthAfrica and we are committed to contributing to our community and digging deep while we are all exposed to this most unprecedented of circumstances .” said the Profmed CEO Craig Combre.
Operation SA together with the SANZAF (South African Zakah Fund) have a 100 percent donation policy ensuring that the full aid reaches those who are in need. The fund is in the process of escalating to other provinces and urges Corporate South Africa to pledge wherever they can to help decrease the spread and secure the livelihoods for the most vulnerable during this time.
For more information follow the #OperationSACOVID19fund on Social Media.