Sugarcane farmers raise R600k for KZN's poor

Sugarcane farmers raise R600k for KZN's poor

KZN cane growers association has raised R600 000 for food and personal protective gears to fight the growing poverty among land restitution beneficiaries suffering in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown. 

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Commercial and small-scale sugarcane farmers have banded together on the KZN South Coast in a bid to ease the plight during these times. 

Chairperson of the Sezela Cane Growers Association, Errol Koekemoer says looking at the poverty rate among communities they decided to come together to try and alleviate the growing hunger. 

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He says their members have families to feed and with no money coming in, they decided to distribute coupons for food purchases and will continue to do so as the impact of the pandemic deepens.

"The various chairpersons have had more people coming forward making requests for assistance, and they are complying a new list.

"We would hopefully be distributing the next batch of e-coupons in the middle of the month, so that is dose not clash with the SASSA pension payout."

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