The national lockdown imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19, has brought into focus the plight of some of our members. In effecting our teaching of loving our neighbour and the District Apostle’s recent call, the following measures are announced:
1. Church-based fund
We have received many requests to establish a central fund to support our members in need. To this end, The Masakhe Foundation (NPO:203-288) will receive donations and manage the disbursements of funds on behalf of the church. Donations can be made by:
a. Funds to a specific Apostle area (see banking details below)
b. General donation (see the SnapScan QR code below)
- Account Name: Masakhe Foundation
- Bank: First National Bank
- Account Number: 6275 6758 036
- Branch Code: 250 655
- Reference: Surname of Apostle where funds are to be used (e.g. Mkhwanazi)
No deposits should be made into the bank accounts of individuals to ensure the funding reaches the intended beneficiaries.
2. Church distribution points
Our District Apostle has given permission to all Apostles to utilise the church buildings in their areas for use as distribution points for agencies requiring drop-off and collection points. These venues are available only for use by approved aid agencies, must be authorised by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and be coordinated by the Apostle.
3. Congregation partnership initiative
Apostles are currently establishing partnerships between congregations to provide support to our members in need in each Apostle area.
4. Food parcels
We have been able to obtain permission from certain SAPS offices for the delivery of goods to seniors and our members in need in certain areas. Each Apostle has received delegated authority to request permission from the SAPS for the delivery of food parcels. Individualised, single-use, permission request letters are available from the Apostle. Strict adherence to the following applies:
• The deliverer must be COVID-19 free.
• The deliverer should not present any flu-like symptoms.
• The deliver must wear a mask and gloves.
• Social distance during the delivery must be observed.
• The delivered goods should be washed and or sanitised where possible.
5. Digital Grocery Vouchers
The church favours digital grocery vouchers as the primary means of providing support to our members in need during the current lockdown and anticipated partial lockdown period.
There are inherent risks in the handling and distribution of food. It requires additional person movement, contact with products and exposes the handlers and deliverers to additional infection risks.
In South Africa, digital grocery vouchers are now available from the main food outlets such as Checkers, USave, Shoprite and Pick ‘n Pay. This method allows for the transfer of a digital credit voucher via mobile phone using SMS technology. The recipient will be able to redeem the voucher at the stores. Please consult the websites of the stores for more information.
Join me in praying and supporting these measures so that we can demonstrate our love for our neighbour.
Apostle Robert Worship