Defeating Covid-19 by solving hunger

Tafelsig Mitchells Plain CAN

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Tafelsig Mitchells Plain CAN

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. 

Joanie's video address to president Cyril Ramaphosa

How it all started

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The Traveling Pot was a concept born out of the burning desire to get involved in the terrible fight against hunger during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic under lockdown level 5. Ashley Floris from Tableview was desperate to do something and he decided to cook a pot of soup which he brought all the way from his home. The soup was so tasty and well received by the community and the request for more so big that Ashley decided to invite family and friends to contribute to the ingredients needed for the pot of soup. The idea was widely accepted and every week the pot travel to different places where someone else cooks it and deliver it to Ashley for delivery to Tafelsig.

Julian, one of Ashley’s friends asked to accompany him to Tafelsig where he was so touched by the deep need for food support and the geniun appreciation for the traveling pot, that he not only committed to providing ingredients for the future Traveling Pots but to go further and become a leading donor in supporting the Tafelsig Mitchells Plain CAN with food ingredients for their feeding stations.


There are so many ways in which you can get involved to help contribute to fighting malnutrition and poverty on the Cape Flats. We look forward to hearing from you.

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