DA to donate R1.5m to COVID-19 Solidarity Fund to assist small businesses

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that it will donate R1.5 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund.

The party’s Federal Executive’s decision is aimed at assisting small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic, spokesperson Solly Malatsi said in a statement on Wednesday.

Malatsi added that the contribution will be drawn from the salaries of DA public representatives, who are at liberty to make further contributions on their own.

Sanitisers worth R200,000

He said, “In addition, we will be distributing sanitisers worth R200,000 to essential workers who are at the forefront of keeping the economy functional and saving lives during this difficult time.

“The DA recognises that it is important for all role players in society to play our part to act in the best interests of the country during this time.”

The DA’s announcement follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement last week that members of the Cabinet, deputy ministers and Premiers will donate a third of their salaries to the Solidarity Fund for the next three months.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) was the first political party to announce that its public representatives will donate a third of their salaries to the Fund for three months as well.

FOSAD, private sector executives contribute

The African National Congress (ANC), which has the largest number of public representatives across the country, has not yet made an announcement in this regard.

In his address to the nation last week, Ramaphosa also urged high-earning public servants and those in the private sector to contribute to the Fund.

Executives in several major corporations and large businesses, including banks and insurance firms, have since announced voluntary pay cuts.

Over the weekend, the Forum of South Africa’s Directors-General (FOSAD) also resolved that its members should contribute to the Fund.

This means that the government’s directors-general, heads of department, deputy directors-general, chief directors, directors, advisors and political office staff will contribute.

In a statement on Monday, Ramaphosa said, “We welcome this patriotic contribution by FOSAD members, who voluntarily made this decision.

“Every effort made to alleviate the devastating consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, is highly appreciated.

“These Public Servants continue to demonstrate their commitment to the Batho Pele Value Statement: We Belong (to our people), We Care (about our people), We Serve (our people).”

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