PSA projects and events in commemorating the Union’s centenary during 2020 were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also made its devastating presence known in South Africa.
Various planned initiatives to bring the centenary closer to members were reprioritised with due consideration of COVID-19 regulations.
The PSA rose to the challenges and cemented its legacy of being “MORE THAN A UNION”. Owing to the hardships brought on by COVID-19, the PSA focused its corporate social investment interventions on assisting affected communities.
In the Eastern Cape food parcels were distributed to disadvantaged communities of Matatiele, Lady Frere, Tsolo, Flagstaff, Thombo, Port St Johns, Willowvale, and Mthatha and a poverty-stricken community, Madiba Village, near Lorraine. In the Free State, ten households were assisted with winter clothing and blankets. In Gauteng, the PSA provided 50 relief packs containing nutritional and hygiene products to Women Against Woman Abuse, a registered NGO that assists women and children who are victims of gender-based violence. The following centres also received food parcels: Mamelodi Old Age Home, Tshwaranang Children’s Home (Themba Hammanskraal), Relebogile Care Centre (Themba), Jehova Jirah Orphanage (Soshanguwe), and Boikhutsong Safety Home (Atteridgeville).
In KwaZulu-Natal, Siyaphambile Qondile, Jozini Community members and a home for abandoned HIV/Aids babies were assisted as well as the communities from Amajuba, uMzi-nyath, uThukela, uMgungund-lovu, and Harry Gwala. Food hampers were distributed to indigent families in Sekhukhune Villages in Limpopo.
In Mpumalanga, 20 poverty-stricken community members from squatter-camps (Bela-Dona and Matsulu) received hampers.
In the Northern Cape, two homes received blankets and jerseys and 20 destitute households in Kimberley and Upington were assisted with food hampers. Food parcels were also provided to 50 indigent families in Ratlou District in North West.
Food vouchers and hampers were distributed to the following bene-ficiaries in the Western Cape: The Voice of the Church, Ysterplaat Community Church - Food Parcel Project, Johan Pienaar (Kasouga Way, Mannenberg Community), Jubilee Life Ministries, Parow, an individual serving the community, Estelle, Dutch Reformed Church Vishoek, West Coast COVID Relief Fund and Dawn Roode, Gugulethu Can Group.