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Soup kitchen a Covid-19 ‘safe zone’

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Staff at the Woodstock Brewery has prepared over five million meals in the past 18 months.PHOTO: KAYLYNNE BANTOM
Staff at the Woodstock Brewery has prepared over five million meals in the past 18 months.PHOTO: KAYLYNNE BANTOM

The Mother Soup Project, based at the Woodstock Brewery, can now continue serving vulnerable people across Cape Town in a Covid-19 safe zone thanks to new cutting-edge technology from Lumenlabs.

Lumenlabs, a global company dedicated to creating filtered Far-UVC based solutions to continuously sanitise spaces safely and effectively, has partnered with the brewery and Great Commission United (GCU) and donated over half-a-million-rand worth of its human-safe, Far-UVC technology. This technology uses filtered UVC light that kills 99.9% of all pathogens, including Covid-19.

The project, which is a joint venture between the brewery and the GCU, was established in April last year. It has been serving vulnerable people with nutritious soup in an effort to alleviate the hunger worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since its establishment, the project has served over five million meals.

Michael Eads, Managing Director (MD) at Sovereign Border Solutions, says they brought their Lumenlabs product to the brewery to help safeguard staff.

“The Lumenizer has been featured on several Ted talks by Dr David Benner from Columbia University. It was used by the Chinese Olympic Team and its support staff for the Tokyo Olympic Games. By installing these at the Mother Soup production facility, they will add an additional measure of protection for the Mother Soup staff and volunteers.”

Andre Viljoen, owner of the brewery, says: “We have made it through many challenges in keeping this initiate alive, relying on our amazing corporate and individual donors and the hard work of our staff and volunteers. Now with this amazing donation from Lumenlabs, we can rest a bit easier knowing that our facility has this additional layer of protection so we can keep this important project going.

“We believe we are making a real difference in people’s lives.”

Adam Kane-Smith, Manager at GCU, says the lumenizer lights adds an additional measure of protection for the Mother Soup staff and volunteers that produce and distribute the soup and other essential food items to over 80 charitable organisations.

These organisations include schools, orphanages and faith-based groups throughout the Cape Town metropolitan area.

“They have installed these lumenizer lights in the Woodstock Brewery restaurant area which is where we do all the vegetable preparation. Our staff and the vegetables they’re producing are essentially in a Covid-19 safe environment.

“The restaurant benefits but when we’re preparing soup our staff and the food we prepare benefit too.”

Kane-Smith says their new factory based in Epping, where the Mother Soup Project will be run from, was also fitted with the UVC lights.

“We are happy that the project will be able to continue at a larger scale from our new premises so that we can continue to supply this much-needed meal to those in need.”

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