Gift of the Givers reaches out to destitute whites

2014-06-01 21:19
 Imtiaz Sooliman

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Cape Town - The aid organisation Gift of the Givers says it has finally located white mining communities who have been as adversely affected by the protracted platinum mine strike as their black counterparts.  

The organisation has in the past two weeks supplied 7 000 struggling black miners and their families with food parcels, fed 13 000 individuals hot meals and provided medical care to 1 000 patients.

However, said Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, during all that time they had not been able to reach white mining communities who have been struggling equally as their black counterparts.

On Sunday there finally was a breakthrough, he said, adding that the first white families would receive aid on Monday.  The aid will be co-ordinated by a foreman from one of the mines, Darren Smith who will be assisted by his wife Magda.

"All communities will be treated with the dignity they deserve as there is no embarrassment and no shame in the difficulty that has befallen almost 500 000 South Africans directly as a result of the labour unrest," said Sooliman.

"Hunger, suffering and immeasurable difficulty has not been restricted to one community only following the 18 week labour strike on the Platinum Belt.

"Whites and blacks, South Africans, our people, are suffering equally, directly or indirectly," Sooliman said.

"White children and Black children are hungry and collapsing; White families and Black families have sold personal possessions that have taken years to acquire, at a great financial loss to themselves; some can't pay rent, others cannot pay bonds; cars are lying idle as there are no funds for fuel; cupboards are bare, people are depressed, broken and hungry."

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