The City of Cape Town Starts Soap Donation Drive


The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) urges organizations, individuals and businesses to join in on their soap donation drive in support of hygiene efforts during the Coronavirus crisis.

These donations will be given to people in informal settlements, care facilities and other organisations who take care of vulnerable groups of people around the Metropole. Soap bars can be dropped off at any Shoprite or Checkers store in Cape Town.

The DRMC will also send out a group of volunteers to help with the distribution of the soap, education, and awareness through pamphlets, posters, loudhailer announcements, etc.

Alderman Smith, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security said, “Good hygiene practices are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, the availability of a basic commodity like soap is not a given for many of our residents. The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre therefore decided to get a soap donation drive underway so that we can help the most vulnerable in our city to be more resilient in dealing with the outbreak.”

He added, “The City calls on anyone who is able to make a donation, no matter how small, so that we can distribute soap too as many people as possible. We have already started work on a distribution plan, using a range of City resources, but also community partners, to expedite the distribution process.”

All Shoprite and Checkers stores were briefed to make drop-off trolleys visible at each store. The CSI Manager for the Shoprite Group, Lunga Schoeman said, “We are very happy to host drop-off points for this initiative in our stores. Only if we work together, can we limit the impact of this virus on the communities we serve.”


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