As part of the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Limpopo Premier, Chupu Mathabatha will launch the food bank in Witpoort, Ga-Seleka, Lephalale in the Waterberg district on Friday.
Provincial Social Development MEC, Nkakareng Rakgoale and Waterberg Mayor Morris Mataboge will accompany Premier Mathabatha to the launch.
The facility is expected to store donated food reserves, including non-perishable items, and provide them to people in need free of charge.
Waterberg is one of Limpopo’s COVID-19 hot spots.
The office of the premier said: “Since the outbreak of the deadly virus, the Limpopo government and the good Samaritans have donated tens of thousands of kinds of food in the province, and many poor families are surviving.”
The premier praised the food bank as an integral part of the Limpopo Command Committee, which addresses the effects of COVID-19.
Briefing the command committee in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, the Prime Minister expressed concern regarding the spread of the virus in the mining areas.
“The team deployed by the Command Committee is closely monitoring the situation in the mines, especially the Sekhukhune and Waterberg areas.
The current status of these mines is that of the 72,641 mines, 21,600 miners are currently working in about 72 mines including Lephalale and Thabazimbi both in the Waterberg region,” the Premier said in a statement.
Meanwhile, On Thursday, June, 11, Limpopo recorded seven new coronavirus cases, bringing to 271 the total number of cases to date.
The province confirmed 175 recoveries and a new death confirmed in Polokwane, which brings to four the number of people who succumbed to COVID-19 in the province, since the outbreak of the virus.
Three new cases have been recorded in the Greater Tzaneen in Mopani region, one of which is in transit.
In the Vhembe area, Musina confirmed one case, and Thulamela confirmed another case.
Each case was confirmed in Thabazimbi and Lephalale in the Waterberg region.