Photo Credit: Mandela Youth Centre

Communities are not only uniting to clean up after the looting, they are cooking to make sure people have food; this community made Rotis in the absence of bread at the shops.


Chatsworth, South Africa (16 July 2021) – The Mandela Youth Centre heard there was no bread so they made hundreds of rotis as a substitute to feed people.

The Mandela Youth Centre, based in Chatsworth, KZN, has been working to support the RKKHan Hospital and when they got the call to let them know there was no bread for the patients, the community rallied to make rotis instead. A short while later, they got a second call from a children’s home in the same situation.

The “roti rollers”, as they are now being called, united and started making hundreds of delicious Indian rotis. They hope to make more rotis each day until things settle down and bread becomes easily available again.

“*The day we “broke bread” for Roti*

So amid all the doom and gloom today, we got a call from RKKhan Hospital saying there’s no bread and other food line items for patients. And then a call from ABH also appealing for bread for their children’s home and the aged.

When they called out: “There’s no Bread’.. We said: ‘Let them eat Roti”… And we assure you we kicked off a heart warming Revolution, unlike the violent one Queen Marie-Antoinette started. We had happy people anxiously awaiting delivery.

COVAC pulled in volunteers from the youth centre, other organizations, bikers and a few seasoned roti making mothers to help. What an awesome fun day and learning experience it was for all of us as we rolled out and toasted over 500 rotis on hot ‘thavas’… We hope to do this daily with the guarantee of more rotis till the bread delivery situation stabilises.”

Take a look at the team making rotis below. If you would like to support their efforts, you can reach out via Facebook here.

Rotis Rotis

Sources: Facebook
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