Impala Rustenburg has partnered with the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) to support mine-communities in the Rustenburg area by sponsoring a food parcel distribution initiative, which will help food parcels reach 10 000 beneficiaries.
The food security initiative will see Sesigo Food Security Distribution Agency (SFSDA) facilitate the food distribution through the Household Food Nutrition Security Programme (HFNSP) over eight months. With the support of a dedicated team of volunteers, SFSDA will ensure the food parcels, consisting of perishable and non-perishable items, reach the identified beneficiaries.
Mark Munroe, Chief Executive at Impala Rustenburg comments: “At Impala, we are committed to the well-being of our local communities. Through this partnership with RBN we aim to ease the burden of hunger within our communities, and we are honoured to continue our efforts in supporting those in need as we work together to create a better future.” According to the 2022 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, nearly 22.5% of South Africa's population is classified as food insecure, which means around 13 million people in the country lack access to sufficient food for their basic needs. “We strongly believe that through our collective efforts, we can make a significant difference in our communities,” he said.
The SFSDA is a non-governmental organisation appointed by the Royal Bafokeng Administration to implement various food distribution programmes that address hunger and poverty in RBN communities. Dr Kebalepile Mokgethi, Royal Bafokeng Nation Administration Managing Director said, “Royal Bafokeng Nation and Impala Rustenburg partner on many different initiatives and we are pleased that together we can work towards eradicating hunger in our communities.”
Mme Daphney Montsho, Board of Directors (Chairperson) of SFSDA remarked, “Accessibility to and affordability of food is a serious challenge for many vulnerable households, particularly in rural areas, and very often results in malnutrition. Malnutrition has a wide range of lasting negative effects on health, human capital formation and earnings, and deepens poverty and existing inequalities. Although this initiative alone isn’t a sustainable solution for recipients, we believe every effort must be made to ensure that people do not go hungry on a day-to-day basis, and this partnership by Impala Rustenburg and RBN goes a long way in supporting this goal.”
As a part of this initiative — and SFSDA's longer-term plan to achieve sustainable community nutrition and reduced dependency — community leaders, social workers and caregivers have identified individuals and families who need assistance in securing healthy and nutritious food. All identified beneficiaries are further profiled to better understand the underlying causes of household food insecurity and determine their capabilities, interests, and development needs. Once profiled, beneficiaries can be linked to support requirements, training, and skills development programmes, as well as other work programmes that will assist in improving their livelihoods and living conditions.