Hannes left for Zimbabwe on the 5th of April and is currently still there going between Bulawayo and Harare trying to sort out the paper work for our upcoming stock take up. The system has once again changed, and this is creating some major frustration and delays. Yesterday was a Public Holiday in Zimbabwe so we are hoping for some serious progress today. I must however mention that there have been one or 2 people in the system that have been incredibly helpful and for this we are eternally grateful. In between all this Hannes has managed to get all the Bulawayo deliveries done as well as the ones to Kinghaven in Esigodini.
A week before the trip started we had already receiving calls enquiring as to when the food parcels were going to be delivered. Quite a few of our “Golden Oldies” in Zimbabwe had or were close to running out of food. Mrs Olsen* when she contacted us was extremely distressed to hear that it would still be more than a week before the truck would be arriving. Guys I know many of you think we are exaggerating when we say “our desperate “Golden Oldies” would literally not survive at this stage without your support”, we are totally serious. Its calls like these that break our hearts and remind us that no matter how difficult, frustrating and tough things get, the end is nowhere in sight for our “Golden Oldies”. There is literally no cash flow at all in Zimbabwe. This is making things incredibly difficult for our “Golden Oldies” as well as the working populace. Most shops and so on in Zimbabwe are running 3 different prices depending on what you use to pay, Cash : Bond : Eco-Cash so what you pay depends on what you have. It is only by the Grace of God that many of these people are able to even remain as “inmates” in some of the homes we visit. There are real good Samaritans who are paying the rent for a lot of these dear folk and by their own admittance, they would not survive without the donations that you our wonderful supporters continue to make.
Every 6 – 8 weeks more than 15 tons of food is transported in the truck and distributed to 28 homes / organizations. Wheelchairs, walking aids and basic medicine is also supplied to the pensioners. The supply trip lasts 8 – 10 days and a distance of 4500 kilometres will be travelled by the truck. The value of the food and the cost of delivering it to the pensioners in Zimbabwe is now currently exceeding R300000 per trip.
These food hampers serve 2 purposes.
1 They supply much needed food to the pensioner.
2 The pensioner then knows that someone cares about them
Please if I can once again ask who requires Section 18A Tax Certificates (South Africa for March 2017-FEB 2018) as I have issued all the requested ones already.
Please Note for a Tax Certificate I require the following information:
1. Physical Address
2. Contact Number
3. If Business – Registered Name, Comp Number
4. Private – Initials and correct Surname
This just makes sure we are 100% in line with SARS.
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Every time we remember to say “thank
you”, we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach
most important pillars of our cause:
UNIQUENESS – being one of a kind and knowing that the ZPSF is driven by good will and very passionate members.
TRANSPARENCY – enforcing the rule that all members must be fully informed before taking part in this noble venture.
ACCOUNTABILITY – Having a traceable paper trail for every cent handled, and regular revues conducted.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Director – Fund Raising & Awareness for the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund
(C) 079 6082676 (T) 013 7900934
Fax to Email – 086 267 8499
Section 21 Co Reg. 2007/034036/08; NPO Number 096733; Section 18A PBO No 930031642
Alone we can do so little, together we can achieve much more!!!!
Director: Hannes Botha