When the lockdown regulations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease was announced, it had an immediate and devastating effect on the people of Tafelsig. Many people in this low income area were already food insecure and are facing increasingly dire circumstances if no food relief is provided. Tafelsig Mitchells Plain CAN was born out of the anger from community members that they were not consulted when the restrictions were imposed to point out the practical implications in time.
The consequences of the lockdown regulations include the disruption of neighbourhood support networks and the ability of daily wage earners to earn a living, causing thousands of adults and children facing hunger. When Joanie Fredericks, Co-founder & development director at NEAD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NPC addressed a video to Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, his office reached out to her to create a blueprint on how to address the food insecurity in Tafelsig accompanying the lockdown of the economy in South Africa.