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Lockdown: Sun International donate perishable food from closed hotels

Sun International have donated R160 000 worth of food from their kitchens as their properties remain closed during Level 4 lockdown.

Sun International

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After Sun International decided to close its resorts and hotels during the Level 4 lockdown last week, the group has decided to use the time to make a difference in communities that have been devastated by the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sun International staff at 10 of the group’s properties have donated R160 000 worth of perishable food from their out-of-action kitchens to charitable organisations, mitigating their waste and trying to assist those in need. 

Sun International donate R160 000 worth of food  

In a statement released on Sunday 4 July, Sun International said that they aren’t letting the temporary closure of all but two of their hotels in South Africa during the Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown stop them from helping the community. 

 “The level 4 restrictions introduced last week made it difficult for us to operate, so we had to make the decision to close all properties until 11 July, with the exception of The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town and The Boardwalk Hotel in Gqeberha. But we are pleased that many of the charities which we support regularly, were able to benefit,” said Heidi Edson, Sun International’s Group Socio-Economic Development Manager.

“Instead of going to waste, the many kilograms of fruit and vegetables from various Sun International kitchens has now been used to feed those in our communities who are most vulnerable to poverty – children and the elderly.”

Giving back to affected communities

Sun International said that the following contributions were made by several of their properties that are closed during lockdown: 

  • Sun City Resort in the North West Province, which had overflowing kitchens ready to feed guests when the closure was announced, has distributed perishables worth R45 000 to nine charities in under privileged surrounding areas. The charities range from those caring for orphaned children, to the elderly and those suffering from HIV/Aids.
  • In Polokwane, Meropa Casino and Entertainment World donated pineapples, melons, mushrooms, tomatoes, butternuts, carrots, fruit juice and more, to the value of R12 000, to three organisations, Shalate Drop-in Centre, St Bethany crèche and Ngwana Huis.
  •  In Brakpan, Carnival City donated R20 000 worth of much needed juices, meat, cheese, yoghurt, margarine, fruit and vegetables to Tholakele Centre of Hope in Tsakane.
  •  In Cape Town, GrandWest donated food to the value of R37 000 to Elim Night Shelter, Tygerberg Cansa Association, Salberau Old Age Home, Little Brink Children’s Home.
  •  In Worcester, Golden Valley Hotel and Casino donated R3 600 of food between Worcester House of Hope and Nuwe Begin Skuiling. This included potatoes, onions, carrots, butternuts, sweet potatoes, celery, tomatoes, cabbages, broccoli and peppers.
  •  In Gqeberha, The Boardwalk Hotel and Casino delivered R3 000 worth of vegetables, fruit, bread and juice to Healing Minds, a community outreach programme in the Walmer Township.
  •  In Kimberley, Flamingo Casino opened its fridge and pantries to Destiny House Child and Youth Care Centre, and Ons Huis Home for Older People, delivering cream cheese, yoghurt and assorted fruit and vegetables.
  •  Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein donated vegetables worth R2 500 to Paballong Place of Safety.
  • Pretoria’s Time Square Casino and Hotel donated perishables worth R35 000 to Mamelodi Prevocational school.
  • Perishables from The Maslow hotel in Sandton were delivered to Phutaditjaba Old Age Home and Disability Care Centre. The donation included 41 different fruits, vegetables, fresh juices, breads, milk, sausages and various salads valued at R12 000.