DCS officials from Leeuwkop Management Area refuse to turn a blind eye to the plight of the homeless in their vicinity.
About 20 individuals were spotted squatting opposite Eskom Megawatt Park, in Woodmead, sleeping in temporary structures made of plastic to shield themselves from the cold and without food. In response, officials from Leeuwkop took time to visit the locality yesterday (06 May 2020).
Glenrose Mthethwa, Head of Human Resource at Leeuwkop Medium C, said, this was a small contribution by DCS officials, bearing in mind the effect of the coronavirus globally but mostly on vulnerable people such as those who have no homes. “We came to share what we can with them and remind them that God still loves them and that they are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Mthethwa. As a group of officials, we decided to collect cash to purchase basic food items. “May it bring comfort to them as small as it might seem,” she said.
Officials from Leeuwkop normally see this group of homeless men on their way to work, and got together and thought of a way to make a difference in their lives. Two of the homeless men took turns to thank the officials saying that, they are really happy that people still care about people like them.
Before handing the food parcels, the officials also sanitized the hands of the recipients and gave them masks as they emphasized the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing as part of the protective measures against the spread of Covid-19.