Lock­down cri­sis: Min­nie to the res­cue!

Star helps ease COVID-19 cri­sis

Sunday Sun (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - By MAVI NGCOBO

SHOW­BIZ dar­ling Min­nie Dlamini-Jones has been given 10 000 litres of pure al­co­hol.

This while Mzansi mourns the sus­pen­sion of booze dur­ing the na­tional lock­down.

Min­nie’s gen­er­ous spon­sor is a pre­mium spir­its pro­ducer, Di­a­geo, re­spon­si­ble for the John­nie Walker, J&B and Smirnoff brands, among oth­ers.

But the star won’t be in­dulging in the fiery waters.

In­stead, the al­co­hol will be used to pro­duce hand sani­tis­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­nie Dlamini Foun­da­tion, the hand sani­tis­ers will be do­nated to dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.

Min­nie, a Jaguar Land Rover am­bas­sador, has also joined hands with Red Cross South Africa.

This to do­nate food parcels to old-age homes and or­phan­ages in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Soweto and Davey­ton.

Ex­plained Min­nie: “Hunger is a daily bat­tle in Mzansi. The lock­down pe­riod, al­though ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary, has shined a light on the fact that mal­nu­tri­tion (is a prob­lem).

“And it is also a mas­sive chal­lenge that has been in­ten­si­fied by this pan­demic.”

To aid the process, Jaguar Land Rover has do­nated 11 ve­hi­cles to Red Cross South Africa.

Ac­cord­ing to a joint state­ment by the Min­nie Dlamini Foun­da­tion and her part­ners, only people from dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties will ben­e­fit from the do­na­tions.

The state­ment also re­vealed a do­na­tion of R125 000 had been made to the #Feed­ingSATo­gether drive.

This to pur­chase food parcels to be dis­trib­uted to more than 550 needy in­di­vid­u­als through the com­pany’s em­ployee vol­un­teer scheme, Valu­ing Each Other.

Di­a­geo SA’s sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager, Le­bo­gang Mashigo, said the com­pany jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with Min­nie.

This af­ter it learned about it through Zeta Labs, which pro­duces hand sani­tis­ers.

The use of hand sani­tis­ers has been rec­om­mended by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Photo by Rosetta Msi­mango/City Press

Min­nie Dlamini-Jones and her foun­da­tion will help feed the hun­gry dur­ing the lock­down pe­riod.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.