Driving Out Hunger, Bringing Food Hope to South African City

When South Africa's strict Covid-19 lockdown began in March 2020, it has had a devastating impact on a country already dealing with a 32.5% unemployment rate and  growing food insecurity due to the pandemic. Activist Ilka Stein appealed on social media for social entrepreneurs to brainstorm ideas to help the community and the idea to bring affordable groceries to low-income communities in Johannesburg, was born, using the Skhaftin bus - named after a local slang word meaning lunchbox - to help the community, writes Kim Harrisberg for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

 

The Skhaftin bus team members, made up of Ilka Stein, Sanele Msibi and Sidney Beukes, pose for a photo outside the food bus in Johannesburg, South Africa. May 18, 2021.

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