In light of the recent violence targeted at foreign nationals in South Africa, there has been a growing need for resources and assistance, to help ensure the safety and security of all refugees and asylum seekers in the country.
As a random act of kindness, the Dis-Chem Foundation have donated R50 000 to the Cape Town Refugee Centre (CTRC).
Vuyani Shwane, Director of the CTRC, told CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies and Dis-Chem's Penny Stein that because they provide shelter, food and other basic services, they have received an overwhelming response from foreign nationals in need.
Shwane says that they have been struggling with budget constrains, because of the recent demand for their services.
Given the outbreak that is engulfing our country, we are getting a lot of people needing our support.
He says the money will go a long way towards making a difference in the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.
There must be an organised response in terms of ensuring that we meet their basic needs and advocate for their rights. We want to ensure that refugees and asylum-seekers are integrated into the communities.
Image credit: Cape Town Refugee Centre
More about the Cape Town Refugee Centre
The CTRC is a non-profit, non-government organisation that caters to the interests and needs of vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers in the province.
The centre provides support structures that equip local refugees with tools for self-reliance, provide psycho-social programmes and facilitate social cohesion.
It was formed in 1994 as the Cape Town Refugee Forum, an alliance of concerned NGOs, faith-based organisations, refugees and other individuals.
How to help:
You can donate by visiting the CapeTown Refugee Centre website. Alternatively, call them directly on 021 762 9670.
Listen to the full conversation on Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: