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Christmas comes early as Mayor Dan Plato boosts teen’s effort to feed those less fortunate<p>​‘I am pleased to see the younger generation taking a meaningful interest in the care and well-being of others, particularly during these challenging times. The City of Cape Town commends displays of kindness such as these and I was moved by Hannah’s request for assistance. My office felt it was important to support efforts to make the situation easier for those affected by COVID-19. Through my office, we have offered assistance to more than 200 soup kitchens since the start of April as the effects of lockdown began to emerge in communities who were struggling to put food on the table. The need remains and we are reaching out where we can,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/mayorr.JPG" alt="" style="width:893px;" /> </figure></span><p>Hannah Moses is restarting the organisation her mother and friends launched while she was a child. The organisation unfortunately had to scale back its assistance but remained an active NPO. She currently hires a pot and makes use of kitchen utensils from her own home. Moses expressed her gratitude for the donation as it would enable them to continue their work. </p><p>‘This donation is really helpful; we can make a lot more food as we now have an extra pot. The ingredients will also expand how many people we can help and also rely less on donations from family members. We feed 100 people each time, with pasta, soya mince or vegetable soup,’ said Hannah Moses.</p><p>An additional way the City is assisting those less fortunate is through a Co-care voucher programme which was launched earlier this month in partnership with the German Development Corporation and KfW Bank, who donated five million euros to assist those financially impacted by COVID-19. </p><p>The Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrade (VPUU) programme has been rolling out the collaborative social relief initiative aimed at preventing hunger, but also supporting local businesses. Over the next few months, there will be six cycles of R300 digital vouchers across eight neighbourhoods aimed at assisting those financially affected by COVID-19. </p><p>The initiative was launched in Hanover Park, with the overall project operating in Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Harare, Monwabisi Park and Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. </p><p>The City of Cape Town is doing its best to support social relief initiatives as a caring city, despite it not being the mandate of local government.</p>2020-12-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#81784b2d-b68b-4846-9a9e-6eab52c7396d;L0|#081784b2d-b68b-4846-9a9e-6eab52c7396d|soup kitchen;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#1b0a9296-d87f-421d-9643-81c188dcb2cc;L0|#01b0a9296-d87f-421d-9643-81c188dcb2cc|donate10

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