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Dr Igor ScheurkogelPhoto: Supplied

Dr Igor Scheurkogel, The Power of One:

When The Power of One decided to embark on the initiative to start a food parcel distribution centre, we did not fully grasp the need that our people in the Goldfields are experiencing.

As it is our motto to motivate active citizenship, we believed that we would be able to help the people and introduced them to the government system which had been set up to assist the people of South Africa.

This was, however, not the case. With the over ten different telephone numbers which have been provided for people to seek assistance through, no-one got help from the Department of Social Development.

It is very sad and makes one angry, because now in a time of need, the government yet again fails the people who are the most vulnerable.

There is one remarkable thing which emerged from this crisis. The churches, NPOs and the community forums connected with and assisted each other.

We monitored where the food parcels and plates of hot food went to, to ensure that those in need had food on the table.

We are very grateful for the Welkom Community Policing Forum, which stepped in to be the liaison between all the community organisations that united to make a difference in the lives of the people in the Goldfields.

it is our motto to motivate active citizenship

I can estimate that between all the organisations involved, close to 1 000 food parcels have been distributed. The Churches in Action soup kitchen serves 500 hot meals per day.

We do not support the centralisation of food parcel distribution by the government because of repeated corruption in this regard.

We will dedicate our time to the soup kitchens which are closed by government, and reopen them.

And lastly, why is the government not handing out masks as they do T-shirts during elections?

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