By Mswazie Dube
Capitec Bank is running after members of the underprivileged families in Vaal.
The bank’s efforts are designed to feed the needy during the harsh period of Covid 19 and not to repossess their immovable property.
The bank roped in the services of a local community forum, Bontate Ba Kopane to identify families in unfortunate situations and in need of food parcels.
The bank’s Regional Manager, Jabu Zondo today handed over 100 food parcels to hundred families from Boipatong Township at Vaal Mall in Vanderbijlpark. Other hundreds of families from Bophelong also received their food parcels a few weeks ago from Capitec Bank.
The food parcels are comprised of cooking oil, rice, mealie-meal, sugar, flour, tea bags and powered milk. Hundreds of township residents wearing smiling faces formed a huge queue at Vaal Mall to receive their food parcels. They were clad in their masks and maintaining social distance.
“Our communities have fallen on difficult times due to Covid 19 and we are just coming in as Capitec to help by putting food on the families’ tables,” said Zondo.
Zondo told Vaal Observer that the bank intends to give out 6120 food parcels in Vaal adding that 4000 families have already been helped.
Beneficiaries of the bank’s feeding programme could not hide their appreciation.
“At least this bank has us at heart. I will treat my grandchildren to a dinner of rice and chicken,” said one gogo who declined to be named who had just received his parcels.
”These people have no obligation whatsoever to do anything for us but they saw the need to help. I am so relieved that my family will have food for the next one week,” said Innocent Memane of Bophelong
He also revealed that their next port of call would be Sharpeville and Sebokeng. Capitec Bank is the first financial institution in South Africa to directly feed the citizens in need.