Community leaders in Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats say there’s no coherent plan to feed the elderly and the hungry during the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

Supplies are also already running low at some of the children’s feeding programmes in the area.

Last week, thousands of children were fed.

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But some NGO’s have since been forced to relocate amid concerns about the spread of the virus.

Community activist in the area, Mark Nicholson says, “My plan of action was to go onto social media and ask people to put donations into an account which we can use to sustsain ourselves for the duration of the lockdown.”

City of Cape Town calls on government to refine trading hours

The City of Cape Town has called on national government to refine the regulations of the 21-day lockdown to make implementation easier for the police and military.

The City says currently any person found on the street may plausibly claim to be out for the purposes of shopping for food.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith says it is therefore impossible for law enforcement agencies to truthfully determine whether a person is entitled to be on the street or not.

Smith says, “The city is therefore calling for the national government to amend the regulations to limit the hours of shopping at shopping malls as well as spaza and tuck shops to the hours of 9 am to 1 pm daily or some other provision in the regulations to make regulations more helpful for the police to be able to improve the situation on the streets.”

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