Image credit: Alexander Oelofse, Black Bean Productions

Image credit: Alexander Oelofse, Black Bean Productions

Charity starts at home: How South Africans far and wide can support the Kolisi Foundation

(Partner Content) The Kolisi Foundation has embarked on an undertaking to provide food to underprivileged communities across South Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how South Africans near and far can support the Foundation’s efforts.

Image credit: Alexander Oelofse, Black Bean Productions

Image credit: Alexander Oelofse, Black Bean Productions

Siya and Rachel Kolisi 

Springbok Rugby Captain Siya Kolisi and his wife Rachel Kolisi share a vision to change the narrative for people in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in South Africa. They strive to provide assistance and opportunities to those who need it through partnerships. 

They believe that talented individuals in disadvantaged communities have the potential to succeed and contribute to the growth of our country if given the opportunity.

A shift in focus for the Kolisi Foundation

The Kolisi Foundation was months away from their official launch when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and it became clear that South Africans in a disadvantaged position needed support. In true Kolisi style, the duo jumped into action and immediately moved up the launch of the foundation to March 2020. 

Over the past few months, the pair has expanded the focus of the Kolisi Foundation from helping victims of gender-based violence to distributing food to communities trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An epidemic bigger than COVID-19 

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are also facing an epidemic in our own country – hunger. 

This initiative is a personal one for Kolisi and he has touched on his experience several interviews: 

“There’s nothing worse than hunger. There’s nothing worse than listening to your stomach before you go to bed and you just hear grumbling. You have nothing to eat, you’ve got no other choice.”

– Siya Kolisi, April 2020 

One in four people go hungry every day in South Africa. For seven years of his life Kolisi was one of those people. As a child growing up in the Zwide township just outside Port Elizabeth, he knows first-hand the feeling of having to go to bed hungry and not being able to do anything about it. He understands that there is an urgency for assistance — now during COVID-19 but also after that. 

Calling on South Africans near and far   

To be successful in any venture requires revenue. The Kolisi Foundation is relying on the collective impact of South Africans locally and internationally to help fund their efforts. The Kolisi Foundation has been built on Rainbow Nation’s incredible capacity to get behind a cause when needed.

As Rachel Kolisi says, “We know we can’t do any of the projects without the support of others. We are firm believers in collaborative work as we are stronger together”. 

We are calling on any South Africans, if they are able, to collectively contribute to the Kolisi Foundation so that they have the funds necessary to continue to uplift and take care of our people back home. It takes just R100 to provide food and hand sanitiser for one person for one month and R600 to provide the same for a whole family for the same amount of time. If you are living overseas or earning in foreign currency, a little really does go a long way when considering that an international donation will convert to a substantial ZAR amount.  

How you can support the Kolisi Foundation

Sable International has joined in support of the Kolisi Foundation’s initiative by facilitating international transfers into the Kolisi Foundation’s South African bank account. We’re waiving our transfer fee on donations made to the foundation so that every bit of your donation goes directly to them. We want to make it as simple as possible for donors who align with the Kolisi Foundation’s vision to make their contribution.
“As a business, we’re waiving our transfer fee so that every cent donated by our clients goes directly to support the inspiring vision and generous action of the Kolisi Foundation,” says Gemma Blommaert, Head of Forex Global. “We understand that the pandemic has been weighing heavy on everyone but a few Pounds or Euros converts into a meaningful amount of Rands, so I’m encouraging anyone who has a little bit to spare to please assist the Kolisi Foundation.” 

The Kolisi Foundation would like to encourage individuals and organisations to also come on board and help in assisting your communities. 

*Please note: The Kolisi Foundation is governed by The Wilderness Foundation Africa, therefore when making your donation The Wilderness Foundation will be the beneficiary name listed.

Whether you’re an existing client of ours or if you’d like to make a once off donation, we’re here to help you do so. Together we can positively impact the lives of our fellow South Africans. For any further information email  or call +44 (0) 20 7759 7554 (UK) or + 27 (0) 21 657 2153 (SA).