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The Solidarity Movement has established a crisis fund to relieve the social distress that arose as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The fund is managed by Solidarity Helping Hand. The Crisis Fund is supported by, among others, AfriForum, the trade union Solidarity, Solidarity Helping Hand and the FAK.

According to Hannes Noëth, Executive Director of Solidarity Helping Hand, a social crisis follows an economic crisis. The community needs to make sure that everything is in place to help each other. Solidarity Helping Hand is inundated with requests for assistance for vulnerable groups. We expect the need to grow ever greater.

The Solidarity Movement entered the Covid-19 crisis with strength, performed strongly during the crisis and came out stronger on the other side. Solidarity Helping Hand in particular was at the forefront during the crisis and played a leading role in highlighting the distress of thousands of people and institutions. The launch of the Solidarity Movement’s Crisis Fund played a huge role during this time and continues to do so.

Although Solidarity Helping Hand’s focus during the crisis was on alleviating poverty, after the Covid-19 crisis it shifts to upliftment by socially based community development. The strategy has always been to not only make poverty more bearable, but to try to prevent it and, where possible, break the circle of poverty. Click here to download the community recovery plan:

Click here to download the community recovery plan, or here to watch the video.

Flip Buys, Chairperson of the Solidarity Movement, said that assistance to each other during this difficult time is essential. The fund has a different focus and purpose than the government’s solidarity fund. At a time like this, community funds are essential. Answers cannot be expected to come from the state only.

The Solidarity Movement’s Crisis Fund is audited by Solidarity Helping Hand and a special review committee will ensure that the money is utilised correctly.

The Crisis Fund will help with social relief during the corona crisis as well as thereafter.

We also encourage people to support small businesses during this time. The businesses on AfriForum’s Business Network are all Afrikaans-friendly. If you want to register your business on this network, do so at:


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