Food Parcels for Striking Miners

As the current platinum strike continues, the situation for striking miners becomes increasingly dire, with poverty and hunger becoming rife within the mining communities. We would like to help the miners and their families by encouraging our supporters to donate food parcels and develop collection points around the country.  We have set out with the goal of creating 3400 food parcels, to be distributed nationwide to communities affected by the current platinum strike.

We are looking for the following to include in each food parcel:

  • Rice 2kg
  • Soup 2 packets
  • Oil 500ml
  • Tinned beans 1
  • Tin fish 1
  • Tin meat 1
  • Tea 5 T-bags
  • Soap 1
  • Toilet paper 2 rolls
  • Pap 5kg
  • Sugar 1kg

If you would like to develop a collection point in your area, please contact Luke Sinwell at lsinwell@uj.ac.za.

A convoy of four trucks went up to the North West and Limpopo on Monday morning filled with food and clothing to assist the most needy worker families. The monetary value of the convey of food was just over R 320,000, which has been donated by congregants of Northfield Methodist Church, Benoni, the Gift of the Givers, the Democratic Left Front, Marikana Support Campaign, Gauteng and Western Cape, the Socialist Workers Party UK, Gauteng Miners Strike Support Committee and at numerous screenings of Miners Shot Down where audiences have donated over R 140,000 to date to support the strike. Further collections and food donations that will go towards more trucks are expected as more organisations join in the efforts.

Alternatively you can make an online donation to the Marikana Hardship Fund into the following account and we will use the money to buy the necessary food items:

  • Account Name: Human Rights Media Trust
  • Bank: Nedbank
  • Branch: Constantia
  • Branch Code: 101109
  • Branch Address: Constantia Village Shopping Centre, Main Road, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Account No: 1011102366
  • Reference: Marikana Hardship Fund
  • *NOTE: If you are outside South Africa, you’ll need the SWIFT address as well: NEDSZAJJ

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