FAQs about Absa Social Relief Programme
The Absa COVID-19 Social Relief Programme is not registered as a separate public benefit organisation – donations to the programme therefore are not eligible for tax benefits. The programme is serving as a mechanism to collate funds, which will then be used to implement initiatives focused on the expansion of testing and tracing in critical areas, the supply of medical equipment and supporting vulnerable groups with basic humanitarian assistance.
A principle-based approach has been taken in formulating the COVID-19 Social Relief response, guided by two core imperatives, namely protecting lives, and protecting livelihoods, with three core focus areas, which will be implemented over a six-month period:
- Expansion of tracing, screening and testing – to enable effective management of the spread and suppression of the virus.
- Medical equipment – providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline healthcare workers and supporting triage tents/field hospitals to enable an adequate public health response.
- Supporting the vulnerable through the provision of basic humanitarian assistance in the form of food, hygiene and sanitation.
As responsible citizens, we are committed to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ultimate goal of protecting lives and livelihoods. We are inspired by our country of doers, who turn every challenge into an opportunity. We call this Africanacity.
Meal disbursements are implemented through reputable Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that are rooted in our communities to ensure that they reach those in need, with a keen focus on the poor in our communities.
To ensure reach and meaningful impact across the focus areas, Absa is collaborating with experienced local NGOs, Global Development Organisations (GDOs), private and public organisations where applicable, and disaster relief agencies on the ground that have the infrastructure and expertise to do so, and are interconnected with the appropriate national, provincial and district disaster relief structures across the country.
Some examples of these include Gift of the Givers, World Vision South Africa, Afrika Tikkun, Pink Drive, Ford Motor Company Southern Africa, Yes4Youth, Rise Against Hunger, Do More Foundation and National Health Laboratory Services.
Yes. Absa Rewards can be donated into the Absa National Relief account, which is listed as one of the charitable Rewards partners.
Bank : Absa
Account Name : Absa National Relief
Account number : 409 869 7540
Account Type : Cheque
Branch code : 63 20 05
Reference : COVID-19
The Absa COVID-19 Social Relief Programme and the implementing organisations are subject to Absa’s regulatory, governance, compliance and audit requirements. Absa will publically communicate the value of the donations received in the Absa National Relief account, as well as for what the funds have been used, once these have been disbursed in line with the three focus areas.
The Solidarity Response Fund was established by government to help enable a comprehensive response to COVID-19, focused on prevention, detection, treatment and the support of vulnerable groups.
The reality, however, is that in a country of more than 58.5 million people, with high poverty and inequality rates, the need far surpasses the availability of resources, and requires a collective response.
The Absa COVID-19 Social Relief Programme seeks to augment the efforts being undertaken by government, in a controlled, verifiable manner, enabling us to ensure that funds are disbursed in line with intended objectives.
All donations are welcome, and you can donate as many times as you would like to.
This week all voluntary donations can be done via EFT. The next two weeks will see us giving you the option to also donate via secure, online payment options which will include - but are not limited to - card, Zapper, Masterpass by Mastercard® etc. Watch this space!