Day 14 of lockdown – Ikamva Labantu update from the field

Apr 14, 2020

Humanitarian response and deliveries of essential items

Day 14 of lockdown in South Africa. Ikamva Labantu is addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis that the young and the old in the townships are experiencing. Procurement of food in collaboration with local businesses has begun and a system of food distribution to participants of the Senior Citizens Programme and the Kwakhanya Model Preschool is successfully underway. Local taxi drivers are being employed for deliveries.

Our COVID-19 Emergency Response appeal is ongoing as we plan to expand our activities to reach more people in need. We are preparing to deliver fortified maize meal to over 7 000 children from next week. To contribute to these vital relief efforts, please make a donation by clicking this link:, USA donors :

A true Ikamva Labantu Hero!

Ikamva Labantu’s Human Resources Manager Xolisa Matoti, his family and the community in Ashton decided to address the hunger issue of the local children and surrounding impoverished farms. Xolisa’s team managed to distribute more than 300 sandwiches and when/how.  Well done, Xolisa, for representing the name of Ikamva Labantu so well. We are very proud of you all!

“The kids came in numbers. They were so excited and couldn’t wait to be served. It was fun and looking forward to serving our beloved communities again.”, says Xolisa.


We celebrate incredible supporters, like you!


Today we celebrate a couple of the supporters who extend unbound love to seniors and youth through their selfless actions. Jay, a friend of Ikamva Labantu, started a Facebook fundraising campaign to auction beautiful pieces of jewellery every week in honour of her deceased mother, a doctor of infectious diseases who designed and created each piece. She said that if her mom were still here today she would be on the frontline during this difficult time. Visit Jay’s Facebook page to see the upcoming pieces she will have on auction.



Maria Matseke is not only is she a mother of four, but works full-time for Ikamva. She has a deep love for South Africa and its people and started Ikamva’s social enterprise, Ikamva Design to bring income to senior citizens existing on meagre pensions. To assist Ikamva during this difficult time, Maria set up a GivenGain page, selected Ikamva Labantu as the beneficiary, and has raised over R51,000 to date. This money is being used to play a critical role in the work that is being done on the ground – making sure the Ikamva Labantu seniors and youth are kept fed and sanitized. Find out how to start your GivenGain page by emailing in**@ik****.za.


With love and gratitude,

The Ikamva Labantu team.