SALT Alliance closed the Secretariat offices at the end of March as we sourced funding and members responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in their individual capacities. With programmes diverted to aid relief for families who suddenly lost all income overnight due to a country-wide lockdown, our members were placed under huge pressure.
The SALT members worked closely with local government to assist with coronavirus awareness campaigns, education, contact tracing and also screening. As funding for some programmes was put on hold, many of the SALT members had to relook at the structure of their organisations and arrange retrenchment packages for some of their staff, seeking to find them other employment.
At the same time, South African food prices have risen steeply, electricity services are experiencing rolling blackouts due to power station issues, and parts of the country are still struggling with drought.
Despite challenges, all the SALT members are playing active roles in serving their local communities and, at the same time, bringing a message of comfort and hope.
To find out more about each organisation, please visit their Facebook pages where their stories are being shared.