Pick n Pay has moved swiftly to deliver food to areas affected by the week-long unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal.
“Staff worked through the entire Thursday night packing these additional trucks that were routed for elsewhere in the country,” said Pick n Pay in a statement.
On Friday a convoy of 185 Pick n Pay trucks left in a 3.4 km convoy from Johannesburg to deliver emergency food supplies down to Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
The delivery trucks arrived safely around 11pm the same day.
“We opened the store at 6am. It normally takes three days to pack a hyper. With help from the community, we did it in seven hours,” said the statement.
“When the 185 trucks left Johannesburg at 3pm we sent our drone up and all the drivers came to work dressed in the colours of the SA flag and stood in a circle together praying for each other and their safety on the road tonight.
“South Africa, we’re stronger together. United we stand in efforts to bring relief and serve our communities in affected areas in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.”
Pick n Pay said it was donating R1 million to assist those in need across KZN and Gauteng.
If you’d like to help the Feed The Nation Foundation, you can donate any amount at the till, in Smart Shopper points, or online.
Earlier on Wednesday Pick n Pay promised on Twitter: “SA, we know we’ve all been hit hard.
“We want to assure our customers and our communities that the Pick n Pay and Boxer teams are working flat out to deliver essential supplies and reopen stores in affected areas. Relief is on the way – that’s our promise to you. #ReliefIsComing.”
Once again Pick n Pay has kept its promise.