A Disaster Relief team has been assisting those effected by Listeriosis in Polokwane

Disaster Relief

The EDS Projects Disaster Relief team jumped in to assist the poorest of the poor in Polokwane after news broke about the contamination of affordable processed meats. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed.


On 4 March 2018 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the recent listeriosis outbreak in South Africa was traced to an Enterprise food facility in Polokwane and Rainbow Chicken Limited (RCL).

This meant that several food products including polony, sliced cold meat, Viennas and Russians had to be recalled from supermarket shelves to conduct further testing to safeguard people against further infections.

But for many households in South Africa, processed ready-to-eat meats are affordable and convenient sources of protein. Polony on bread goes further and is cheaper than fresh meat options.

The most critical issue surrounding food security is the lack of fortified foods and good nutrition for our children in the first 1000 days after conception. On the 6th of March, the EDS Projects Disaster Relief team left in the early hours morning to assist the needy in Polokwane, where more than 2 million people in live below the breadline.

The first stop of the day was at the Madinyane Creche, a public Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center, that has 85 children and only 3 teachers.

The EDS Projects Disaster Relief team set up the Power Foods mobile kitchen and started to prepare lunch, Power Foods Pasta & Mince with Power C Orange juice. The team made sure each belly was full of warm and nutritional food.

EDS Projects (Pty) Ltd also donated 80 x food parcels, each containing:

  • 1kg porridge,
  • 1kg pasta and mince,
  • 1kg chicken casserole,
  • 1kg soya mince,
  • 1kg soup and;
  • 1kg of Power C juice

The team made a massive difference to a few peoples lives thanks to their willingness to jump into action at a moments notice.

Sources: Supplied
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Tyler Vivier
Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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