23 March 2020 – Established fund for public donations for COVID-19 relief measures

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Emergency government
Sectors Involved: Medical products and medicines
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Government of South Africa established a solidarity fund, into which businesses, organisations and people can donate money.

The fund will complement action taken by the government to stop the spread of COVID-19. It will support efforts to combat the spread of the virus, track the spread, care for those who are ill, and support those whose lives are disrupted.

The fund will be administered by a team drawn from financial institutions, accounting firms and the government. All expenditure will be published on the fund’s website.

The Government has provided R150 million as an initial donation to the Fund.

On 9 April the fund allocated R1 billion for purchasing sterile gloves, face shields, surgical masks, test kits and ventilators.
Full details here: https://www.gov.za/speeches/president-cyril-ramaphosa-escalation-measures-combat-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-23-mar