PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OFFICE IS CLOSED FROM FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2020 TILL MONDAY 4 JANUARY 2021 THIS IS DUE TO ME UNDERGOING SURGERY ON THE 30TH NOVEMBER AND THEN OUR ANNUAL SHUTDOWN. I am apologizing in advance for the fact that the Thank You emails will being issued a bit late. Please accept my…
To Everyone who has supported us and our Golden Oldies over the past year- Donors, Drivers & Supporters from all of us at the Zimbabwe Pensioners Supporter Fund we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021 may it be a bumper year…
We settled into the Dust Bowl in record time at 00.30 and knuckled down for the night and attempt to get some sleep. The Mozzies were unbelievable. There is no sleep while sitting up straight and slapping yourself awake every five minutes. It was a relief seeing the sun come up and being able walk around and stretch our legs now and then while we waited. With the sun came the flies. One can understand the situation as some trucks are stuck there for up to two weeks.
A huge Thank You to everyone who is / has supported us. We have 596 Boxes for our Golden Oldies Boxes Adopted so far, so only 92 to go. Updated 08.11.2020 Then the Frail Care parcels and Kitchen Gifts. Come on guys we can do this, let’s keep the momentum going!! Everyone if I can ask you to share this Post as far and wide as possible.
Christmas is about giving and caring and this year has been an extremely hard one with Covid-19 and we have lost many of our Golden Oldies who celebrated Christmas last year with your help. The situation in Zimbabwe is unstable and extremely volatile to say the least at the moment. Prices of basics are increasing…
We are delighted you would like to use our story as part of your Christmas run. We also very happy to add a photograph of us both, doing and sharing household chores, in our retirement here in this beautiful Nyanga Village, with mountains around us. Best wishes to everyone involved and there must be many, With…
Our fourth and second double box trip for 2020 is currently in the planning and we are just waiting on the paperwork. This trip has once again been months in the planning due to the lockdown and all the “new” and “special” permit and paperwork requirements.
We left Malalane at 6:40 after we checked the tire pressure. Had a quiet and uneventful trip until we got the message from Linda at HQ that the que was about 10km long at Beit Bridge. We mentally prepared ourselves to sleep in the que. We arrived at Musina around 17:40 to park the truck at the NG Church where Tannie Rina the administrator was waiting for us (A BIG THANK YOU for the weekend help). We repacked a few things for the border crossing and to make more space in the truck for the sleep over. We waited for Hannes to get there at 19:00 when we bought some KFC for the next day’s food. We spent the night at Joe and Hester where we enjoyed some hot coffee and soup, being from Malelane we were freezing.
2019 Overview (March 2019 – Feb 2020) Directors: Johannes Botha Linda Schultz Michael Naude Ryan Botha Johan Schultz Mission Statement: This is a Non-Profitable Organisation and was formed to provide Pensioners throughout Zimbabwe with food and basic medicine networking with relevant bodies and institutions; and in humble gratitude to God Almighty. The…
The Covid-19 Crises and our Golden Oldies:
Our New PayPal Link for those who can and would like to help
You can pick one of the 4 options.
1. Covid-19 PPE kit for a Golden Oldie @ $30 x 1250 pensioners
2. Sponsorship towards PPE’s and sanitising equipment for Frail Care and homes
3. Nebulizers and Medicine costs
4. Donation towards a food parcel
Basically 90% of our paperwork is sorted, its now all about funding.
The lockdown caught us for tough one as we had just moved house a week before the trip and I still had no internet access when we got back to SA from Zimbabwe. This has however finally been sorted, so thankful to be able to work as normal. Thank you Nethog!!
In Zimbabwe we saw first hand how the people were beginning to realize the seriousness of the Corona Virus. More than 90% of the population is forced to go on as normal just in order to try and survive: they do not have access to water or power, let alone sanitizers or masks. The enforced quarantine on them is in a lot of cases the equivalent of a death sentence.
All of us at the ZPSF would like to welcome Johan Schultz our new driver and admin who has finally officially joined our team from the 1st April 2020. Johan has come on board so that we now have a permanent driver as well as someone in the office to assist Linda with all the admin and so on. He has been a silent part of the team for many years helping us on his off days and holidays.
We got off to an early start at 05:30 from Malelane with Dave Austen and Johan Schultz driving. (Linda’s husband. Having met him previously I got to know the man a little better. With the threat of Covid-19 (Corona virus) being the subject on almost everyone’s mind, Johan was prepared for a Hygienic trip and a fully stocked “Kitchen for in case”. (Dettol Wet-wipes, hand sanitizer and all).
Our next delivery trip takes place in the next 2 weeks as we have and we need Your Help!!!! If everyone makes a R100 donation think of the difference we can all make in someone’s life.
It was another hot Lowveld day as I set off to Malelane from Marloth Park near Komatipoort for another trip to Zimbabwe. I was so looking forward to the trip as I get an opportunity to re visit some sites and reminiscent of the country we love and left behind. I also get to see…
The first trip for 2020 has just been completed by Dave Austen who did the round trip and Hannes Botha who assisted with the stock purchases and packing of the boxes in Zimbabwe, he also does all the Bulawayo and surrounds deliveries. A huge thank you to both for all your work and effort. Please enjoy reading the trip report along with some of Dave’s adventures.
Firstly let me say wow – Can you believe that Hannes has been taking up food to pensioners in Zimbabwe now for 18 years. One man with a dream – Incredible if I must say so. For those who have been supporting us for a long time you have seen the regular trip reports, read all about the challenges, trials and loses we have had.
If it wasn’t so sad it would be comical. Between Bulawayo & Louis Trichardt (Mikado) we saw 9 or 10 broken, stacked, well overloaded trailers, at the roadside, all with collapsed axles and wheels, or in some way disabled by their massive loads. I don’t believe Mr “Venter” had these volumes in mind when he designed these vehicles. He couldn’t have foreseen that the lack of mechanical mastery, a skimpy knowledge of basic physics, a great determination and appalling desperation would combine to ultimately test his equipment at this level.