- The United Kingdom is committed to aiding South Africa's response to the Covid-19 pandemic
- The UK government has pledged around R50 million to the Solidarity Fund in an agreement signed on Monday
- The donation will be split into two projects focusing on gender-based violence and farming
The United Kingdom government will be donating R50 million to South Africa's Covid-19 pandemic response.
The foreign government will sign an agreement to provide £2.15 million to the nation's Solidarity Fund.
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition issued a statement confirming Britain's intention to support SA's response to both gender-based violence, the economic empowerment of women and small to medium enterprises:
“These are areas that the UK has always been keen to support and which are important aspects of their Covid-19 response and recovery plans."
The donation will be part of two existing humanitarian response pillar projects focusing on GBV and farming.
The project aims to assist mostly female-headed households and subsistence farmers from rural areas.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the fund had been created in March to combat the anticipated financial crisis from locking down the country.
The fund works alongside the government and private businesses but is completely independent.
The funding donated, R3.08 billion received so far, with Old Mutual administering the money on a pro bono basis.
Numerous political parties have also donated to the fund, including the Democratic Alliance and the EFF.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have announced that it had made yet another contribution to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund in a bid to help out.
In a statement released on Friday, the EFF went as far as publishing proof of payment for their contribution:
"The EFF has once again contributed R6 million to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund. Accordingly, we publicly produce our Proof of Payment as evidence to our commitment. We thank the disciplined and dedicated EFF public representatives who have sacrificed a third of their salaries to contribute to the fight against the spread of Covid-19."
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