Marc Lottering wrote this powerful song to raise awareness for soup kitchens seeking financial aid

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  • Marc Lottering has teamed up with Craig Lucas on a new song to raise awareness for feeding schemes in SA.
  • The track is titled What About The People and is accompanied by a music video.
  • The song is directed at the government as organisations fight for more funding during the pandemic.


Well-known comedian Marc Lottering has teamed up with singer Craig Lucas on a new track to raise awareness for organisations dedicated to feeding the disadvantaged in South Africa. 

The song, titled What About The People, was written by Marc and includes powerful lyrics like: "Is this how it goes then?/Wake up and wait to die?/Hold it together, so babies don't see you cry/Hey, sister, just you wait in line/Cause someone said that you'll be fine." 

The song is directed at the South African government as soup kitchens across the country appeal for more funding in order to feed their communities during the pandemic. 

Marc has spent a lot of time with community activist Joanie Fredericks from Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, trying to fight for more funding for organisations, prompting him to pen the track. 

The music video features the comedian, as well as footage of adults and children lining up at soup kitchens for a warm meal.  

In the description of the video on YouTube is a letter written by Joanie.  

"As you may recall Mr President five months ago I, Joanie Fredericks, Tafelsig Activist on the Ground round sent you a request for help. Your people did visit and promised to help. No help has arrived yet Mr. President. The situation is now beyond serious and in need of your personal attention as the Leader of South Africa, Father of our Nation, our President [sic]," the note starts. 

"With the help of Marc Lottering, Comedian and Community Activist, I have invited other communities engaged in soup kitchens to tell their stories. We have edited a video that tells the stories of desperate communities across South Africa especially for you Mr President [sic]," Joanie adds.

The letter ends with the following call to action: "Please help us STOP STARVATION and FEED THE PEOPLE [sic]."

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