Hastings on Food Potato soup

2015-06-25 06:00

SALUTATIONS. In what is thought to be South Africa’s biggest ever fundraising charity event, On 18 June from 6pm through till 6am the first ever 702 Sun International CEO sleep out was held. In a tremendous show of unity, 246 registered CEOs as well as many hundreds of individuals from the private and public sectors, came together to sleep for a night on the streets.

Collectively with a new found respect for those less fortunate who are faced with the daily turmoil of having to fend for themselves, a staggering R24 million was raised towards Boys and Girls Town and we sincerely hope that this event will continue to grow each year and further inspire all who came together to make a difference.

For all of us who participated here at the Wild Coast, our thanks go out to our special guests Justin Mackrory CEO Ugu south coast tourism, Terence Kisten the District Manager for Fedics and Mandy Clifton Smith the Group Environmental Manager for Sun International. Together it was not only a time to reflect and think about the homeless, but also an opportunity for us as fellow employees to connect with each other in a spirit of Ubuntu.

My name is Dingindawo (one with nowhere to go) I am used to sleeping outside. I am most happy with strangers, my sisters and brothers are above me and do not have to herd cattle, do not have to be kept from school, do not have to be beaten, I ran away from them to fend for myself but do not hate them, I have no attachment to them for even if I die they will still not care about me.

Every day predominantly in the cities we are overwhelmed by a multitude of homeless that populate the street corners, public parks and countless door frames in short We know it’s there we see it all around us yet it seems that the plight of these homeless continues to be evasive in our day to day existence . I ask where their place is in the future of our beautiful country and why their voices are so often forgotten or unheard of.

South Africa has a dismal unemployment rate of around 25% meaning in reality one in every four is unemployed. It is argued that they do not have the necessary skills or education to retain work, yet with most I have come into contact with, these barriers are soon broken down by ones attitude and willingness to overcome.

In a survey whereby some 2500 homeless persons were interviewed it was noted there is actually no official tally of the number of homeless persons living in South Africa.

The main causes of people seeking shelter on the streets appeared to be unemployment, housing problems substance abuse domestic strife and ill health.

Approximately 48%, slept on the streets with 30% preferring shelters and the remainder slept further away under bridges and in gardens, the least popular were the beach, parking lot and police station. Most slept in pairs or more so they could look after one another as theft can be a problem especially ones shoes.

The majority were between 26 and 35 years old mainly male with only a third being female. Most of the black homeless lived on the streets whilst most of the white homeless chose to live in shelters. The majority had been homeless between one and five years with a very small percentage having been there for six months or less.

Most survived by begging, whilst others resorted to crime and prostitution. Persons who had been jailed were apologetic saying it was not their intention to become corrupt, instead it was the circumstances of their predicament which were responsible and that with a criminal record their futures looked even bleaker.

The findings of this survey should not overshadow the fact that many individuals who end up on the streets have mental or physical deficiencies, some are HIV positive and are unable to care for themselves, others being abandoned by their parents have to fend for themselves, whilst others ran away due to rape and domestic abuse, additionally there is a percentage of homeless that have grown up on the street and have never had any other form of life style.

Whilst South Africa has a dismal difficulty with homelessness, it must be taken into account that there are currently in the region of four million plus illegal immigrants residing here, most of whom are unemployed which only increases additional complications to an already immense problem

For me the worst is the very young homeless who are not even aware of their predicament.

A lot of people who are homeless rely on soup kitchens and other hand- outs that assist with their predicament.



•3 large leeks rinsed very well and sliced

•2 red onions chopped

•2 carrots diced

•2 celery diced

•Rio largo olive oil

•8 large potatoes peeled and cut into cubes

•chopped garlic

•Rainbow pepper

•chicken stock



•In olive oil sauté the leeks, garlic and onions

•Add the carrots and celery and sweat down

•Add the garlic and pepper

•Add the potatoes and mix till well coated

•Sweat down

•Add the stock

•Simmer till potatoes are soft

•Allow to cool

•Keep chunky or blend

•Adjust seasoning

•Finish with cream



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