Food relief provided for over 600 000 Gauteng residents but it's not enough

Since the start of the lockdown on 26 March, 136 880 households in Gauteng have been provided with food relief, supporting a total of 684 400 people. 

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, on Thursday 21 May, during a press briefing said that although it's a large number, the demand for food relief is much greater than what the province can provide. 

Makhura said the department continues to call for more support from business, foundations and civil society initiatives regarding food relief. 


  1. There have been 18 410 food parcels distributed to households in Gauteng. It has, in turn, supported 92 050 people; 

  2. There have been 57 792 food parcels distributed to households in Tshwane. It has, in turn, supported 288 960 people; [*]There have been 16 953 food parcels distributed to households in Ekurhuleni. It has, in turn, supported 84 765 people;[*]There have been 15 491 food parcels distributed to households in Sedibeng. It has, in turn, supported 77 455 people;[*]There have been 16 962 food parcels distributed to households in the West Rand. It has, in turn, supported 84 810 people; and[*]The Social Relief Distress grant has supplied 11 272 food parcels to households, ultimately providing for 56 360 people. 


Apart from providing food relief in Gauteng, the homeless also need shelter and three meals a day. 

Makhura said that as of Wednesday 20 May, there are 3 167 homeless people who are provided with three meals a day, as well as psychosocial support, medical assessments and treatment for substance abuse. 

"We are providing temporary shelter to the homeless in 47 shelters across the province, working with municipalities," said Makhura. 

Makhura also added that still, many homeless people are leaving the shelters to return to the streets. 

"Beyond COVID-19, the province and municipalities need to develop a focus on providing decent shelter to the homeless," he added. 

  1. Out of 1 964 homeless people in Johannesburg, 1 890 are in a shelter receiving meals; 

  2. Out of 584 in Ekurhuleni, there are 199 in shelters; [*]Out of 2 465 in Tshwane, 1 890 are currently in shelters; [*]Out of 232 in Sedibeng, 73 are currently in shelters; and [*]Out of 561 in the West Rand, there are currently 154 in shelters.