Zakes Bantwini puts his royalties towards Covid-19 relief

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Zakes Bantwini has handed the royalties for one of his singles over to a non-profit organisation. (Photo by Oupa Bopape/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Zakes Bantwini has handed the royalties for one of his singles over to a non-profit organisation. (Photo by Oupa Bopape/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
  • Ubuntu Pathways is a non-profit organisation that offers support to over 2000 vulnerable children and families residing in Port Elizabeth townships. 
  • In March they suspended all non-essential services to launch an emergency Covid-19 strategy. 
  • To assist them Zakes Bantwini has handed the royalties for one of his singles over to the non-profit. 


On 23 September 2020 music artist Zakes Bantwini visited Ubuntu Pathways in Zwide, Port Elizabeth.  

Ubuntu Pathways is a non-profit organisation that offers support to over 2000 vulnerable children and families residing in Port Elizabeth townships. The organisation provides health, education and household support. 

While there he handed over the sum of royalties made from his remix of American singer-songwriter Lauv’s April 2020 ballad, Modern Loneliness. The donation aims to assist the organisation which has been grappling finances as a result of the pandemic. 

Before handing over the donation, the artist spoke about the ways his career as an award winning artist intersects with him being one of South Africa’s UNICEF celebrity advocates. During the talk Bantwini said: 

It is an honour to play a meaningful role in the vital work that Ubuntu Pathways is doing. I am also grateful to Lauv for the opportunity to remix ‘Modern Loneliness’. Working with this gifted songwriter who takes his independent spirit into the realm of social impact is something I will never forget.

In response to this, Lauv said he too was happy to have worked with Bantwini to take the message of Modern Loneliness to more parts of the world. 

I am very happy to be able to donate the royalties from the superb remix that Zakes did to an organisation like Ubuntu Pathways.
Lauv

Before the Covid-19 pandemic Ubuntu Pathways work was especially targeted at those pregnant individuals living with HIV, immune system compromised children, children living in unsafe homes, elderly heads of households and at-risk unemployed youth.

With over 600,000 COVID-19 confirmed cases, South Africa has the seventh-highest number of confirmed cases worldwide. So in March 2020, Ubuntu Pathways suspended all non-essential services, launched an emergency Covid-19 strategy. They diverted all efforts to providing timely and targeted rapid response support. This includes life-saving medical services, food security, and wraparound interventions to those most at-risk. The organisation is providing nearly 30,000 community members with monthly food packages and supplying critical PPE and medical equipment to over 25 local organisations that have been on the brink of closures, including clinics, shelters, and soup kitchens.

The proceeds of Zakes Bantwini and Lauv’s collaboration will help Ubuntu sustain our vital COVID-19 operation in one of the country's worst-hit areas, everything from providing medical and psychosocial care to supporting unemployed youth and stabilising households
Ubuntu Pathways Co-Founder Malizole 'Banks' Gwaxula.


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