KZN unrest: Old age homes running out of food
13 July 2021
Ongoing and widespread looting and torching of shops in KwaZulu-Natal has left whole areas without access to basic groceries such as bread and milk.
Old age homes and other facilities that provide services to the elderly in Durban have been hard hit and staff have not been able to get to work. Their food supplies are also running out.
Sfiso Ngidi, administrator at The Issy Geshen Lamont Home for the Aged in Lamontville, Durban, said they are working with a skeleton staff. He told GroundUp that they have food to last until Friday. The home provides 24-hour frail-care and nursing-care to 68 people who receive a state pension.
“We were supposed to buy our groceries yesterday but we couldn’t because of the protests. Fortunately, we had a food donation drive and that is going to last us for a few days, if the situation is not resolved after that we will be in trouble,” said Ngidi.