The Solidarity Fund - helping the nation survive, one donation at a time

“Never before in the history of our democracy has our country been confronted by such a severe situation; however, it is a situation that we will be able to overcome if we work together.”

That is one of the encouraging messages the CEO of the Solidarity Fund, Nomkhita Nqweni, has for South Africans.

Four days before South Africa went under lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the Solidarity Fund, a non-profit independent program, has been created as the first of three phases of the economic response to coronavirus. 

The fund is registered as a public benefit company and supported by businesses, civic society, and government, with the key objectives being to -

  • Prevent the spread of the disease by supporting measures to “flatten the curve” and lower infection rates.
  • Detect and understand the magnitude of the disease.
  • Care for COVID-19 patients in the hospital, and
  • Support those whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic.

Working with the Department of Social Development (DSD), four major NPOs in the food security sector, and other faith- and community-based organisations across the country, the fund has started delivering food parcels to more than 250 thousand families across South Africa.

Food parcels will be delivered, with the support of private sector logistics, across all nine provinces during the nationwide lockdown, meaning a further 146 thousand households will benefit from the partnership.

Also in the pipeline is the introduction of a voucher system to further enhance the distribution impact.

Depending on the size of the household, each parcel is expected to provide a family with food essentials for 2 - 4 weeks.

The decisions as to which households will receive the parcels, as well as the physical distribution, will be undertaken by the DSD, NPOs and community-based organisations through their established networks.

To date, the Solidarity Fund has raised more than R2.3 billion having been significantly strengthened by the recent donations from multiple cabinet members.

Donations are also accepted through OZOW, SnapScan, and backabuddy if you would like to become a warrior in the battle against the pandemic. 

For all EFT payments, please include your ID, company registration, or trust number, to simplify your Section 18A tax certificate preparation.

The information you provide will be processed by the Fund, its bankers, the fund administrator, and other third parties as necessary to enable the Fund to carry out its functions and to prepare Section 18A tax certificates in relation to donations received.

All information will be stored securely and in line with generally accepted information security standards.

 For any queries relating to non-cash donations, please contact us on 0860 001 001