When the Covid-19 pandemic hit South Africa’s shores, Absa Group quickly rose to the challenge to positively impact society. Aligned with broader global and local efforts to assist their communities impacted by Covid-19, Absa undertook a number of humanitarian, health and community support initiatives, focusing on the following three areas, viz. expansion of tracing, screening and testing; provision of medical equipment and enabling infection peak medical care; supporting vulnerable people communities through the provision of food and hygiene goods. In 2021 Absa has continued in this vein, with a focus on food security and vaccine roll-out efforts.
Since the start of the pandemic, Absa has donated over R70 million towards its various Covid-19 initiatives in South Africa, with R5 million of that having been donated by Absa staff. The Group has supported numerous grassroots and national organisations, including the Solidarity Fund and was also proud partners in the JSE #Trade4Solidarity initiative.
Due to our national reach and impact, FoodForward SA was selected as a beneficiary of Absa’s Covid-relief funding in 2020. In July 2021 they extended their support, with a total donation of R2 million over the two years. Their funding provides for food distribution support in vulnerable communities in the Free State, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. With the recent looting and violence in KZN, their support comes at a critical time as the numbers of vulnerable beneficiaries requiring food support will rise sharply.