The third mass distribution of food and basics by Engen fuel retailers from Johannesburg and Tshwane over the past month took place on 8 May.
The Engen retailers brought much-needed relief to the Diepsloot community, this time delivering food parcels and other essential items to 4000 families. The long-standing relationship between the fuel retailers and the Diepsloot community ensured that families and residents with the greatest needs were carefully identified to ensure that they received relief packages.
Supported by the authorities, the team adhered to strict Covid-19 lockdown safety regulations during the door-to-door deliveries. ‘We as Engen fuel retailers are committed to collaborating with and serving our communities. We hope we have brought some relief to the many families who have been severely impacted by the national lockdown,’ said Tshepo Magadla, spokesperson for Engen’s Johannesburg Fuel Retailers CSI committee.
Having now assisted close to 6000 families with food and basic supplies over the past month, the Engen fuel retailers extended a word of thanks to all involved. ‘This was a team effort,’ added Magadla, ‘and we are grateful for the financial and logistical assistance we received from Engen Head Office and all our partners including Planact (the NGO which administers all funds), ABC Sweets, KitKat Wholesalers, Alchemy Foods, Maya Security, Diepsloot Secondary School No. 3, Celebration Church in Riverside, Spiritual Chords and all other fuel retailers and stakeholders who helped to make this possible.’
Engen’s contribution to the fight against Covid-19 includes a number of other investments, including R2.5 million fuel and medical testing equipment to the Gift of the Givers for humanitarian relief, and R1 million worth of fuel to the Department of Health for the usage of frontline health workers, to power their emergency response vehicles.