Daily Maverick: Wheelbarrow agents ferry food to the needy

More than 186 wheelbarrow agents ensured recipients got their food parcels delivered to their door. Wheelbarrows are now seen as an essential service item as they play a huge role in aiding with food distribution.

Wheelbarrow agents about to go on their next delivery. Being a wheelbarrow agent creates an opportunity for people to earn an income from food parcel delivery.

Residents often find it difficult to carry heavy food parcels received at handouts. Apart from aiding with the distribution, wheelbarrows are also a way of providing some sort of financial relief for unemployed township residents.

“Unemployment, which is a stark reality in South Africa, has surged significantly as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a catastrophic impact on our economy,” said Nkululeko Mvulana, spokesperson for Kazang.

Kazang, an airtime, data and electricity provider, partnered with NGO Mahlasedi Foundation to not only “wheel” a month’s supply of groceries to 10,000 households from impoverished communities but also create job opportunities with their unique wheelbarrow food delivery system.

Residents of the Msawawa informal settlement, Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg were recipients of the food parcels. The distribution coincided with World Hunger Day, 28 May. There were more than 186 wheelbarrow agents to ensure recipients got their food parcels delivered to their door. …

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