MEC Khoza In Partnership with iGAGASI FM Distributed Groceries To The Needy In Nquthu
Written by Leroy Sibisi on 19 May, 2020
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development together with Gagasi FM has responded to the plight of Mashesheleni community, Ward 12 in Nquthu Municipality.
To strengthen the partnership between the two parties, Gagasi FM worked with the government to provide groceries to 50 households in the area.
Provincial Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza said uplifting communities is at the heart of public-private partnerships.
“We are pleased that iGagasi FM chose to come to the Nquthu community to respond to the plight of the local people during this time of need. As the government, we have been calling on the private sector to come forward with food relief of this nature,” she said.
MEC Khoza said the Department has joined forces with the private sector to achieve certain development goals.
“Clearly the government cannot tackle the challenge of poverty and hunger alone in the country.
“Therefore, it’s vital that government links up with private sector entities like iGagasi FM to help our poor communities,” said MEC Khoza.
The station’s Managing Director, Vukile Zondi shared the MEC’s sentiments, adding that as the proudly KZN radio station, Gagasi FM has a social responsibility role to play during this difficult time.
“We always seek to add value to the lives of our listeners, and now more than ever we felt obligated to extend more than just infotainment but the much-needed food relief. We are grateful to the MEC for Social Development for affording us the opportunity to make a difference to the community of Nquthu. This shows that there is a lot that we can do together in terms of reaching out to needy communities,” Zondi added.
Since the national lockdown, the Department together with SASSA has distributed over 45 000 packs of Social Relief of Distress.
The MEC spent this day (Tuesday) monitoring the distribution of groceries, one of government’s many interventions following the national lockdown. The beneficiaries were identified and profiled inline with the Departments’ protocols and policy.
The fight against the invisible enemy (Covid-19) has called for us to stand united. The distribution food relief was done in the presence of local traditional leadership under Inkosi Bokang Molefe, and Speaker of Nquthu Municipality and Deputy Mayor.
JOINTLY ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND GAGASI FM