How You Can Help South Africa: Donate, Volunteer and Help Rebuild SA

I hesitated about publishing this post – but a quick search on Google for places to donate during my country’s crisis has made it clear that I should.

This is not a travel-related post – but as a South African – especially a SA blogger – and thus, someone who can reach hundreds, sometimes thousands in a day or a week or month through my blog – I feel I must do my bit to help South Africa.

Help South Africa

In this post, I share ways that you can help too. Regardless of whether you are a fellow South African; someone who visited and fell in love with our country; an expat living overseas; or simply someone who wants to add a bit of good in the world.

Please read this post and if you can, share it. I never openly ask for people to share my content because normally, the topics are not this important. But this time, we all need more.

I need this to be more than just empty words on a page. I need this to help someone, even if it is just one person.

Unrest in South Africa: What This Post is All About

For those of you who don’t know what is going on during July 2021 – let me provide some context. South Africa is currently facing devastating civil unrest in some of our major cities and provinces, such as KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Looting, destruction, vandalism, alleged vigilantism, racism, violence and murder, explosions, gunfire, arson – these are some of the issues plaguing our beautiful country as I write this.

All this during a global pandemic when our country is already on its knees, crushed by the sinister spread of COVID-19.

Our country is burning – and its people are bleeding. Parts of our country are akin to a warzone; there’s no other way to put it. Food and fuel supplies have run out in parts of our country. Communities are having to band together and protect their own. Children, animals, women and men are all living in a state of constant fear and uncertainty.

The country is facing untold destruction and loss. You can read more about it here. (Although this is a developing story so facts and circumstances will no doubt change).

For all of us living in SA and even outside its borders, there is fear, anxiety and sadness. I have friends and loved ones in affected areas, living through a waking hell – and I feel powerless to help them.

For this reason, I wanted to create a post where reputable sources, groups and organisations, as well as uplifting online channels, are listed. In the hopes that people can easily find ways to help through donations, food parcels, transport or simply a word of encouragement and support to say “I see you and you are not alone in this”.

Because right now, as a nation, we feel very alone in this.

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” ― Doe Zantamata.

Donate Funds or Food to Local NGOs, Charities and Organisations

Here are some local organisations, charities and businesses that you can donate towards to help with the relief efforts. Help them, help South Africa.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

1. Gift of the Givers: Gift of the Givers is the largest response NGO in Africa. Please click here to donate and help them, help South Africa.

  1. 2. Hope SA: Hope SA helps feed and assist those in need. To donate to them, please find their bank details or PayPal link here.


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3. LIV Village Durban: LIV provides holistic and residential care to orphaned or vulnerable children in Durban, SA.

Currently, they need food donations and diesel fuel. Donations can be made at Harvest Church. Alternatively, please contact:

4. Africa Muslims Agency: AMA, who always support worthy causes, are assisting with disaster response and assisting the affected communities with food, nappies and baby formula.

You can donate via their website; they also accept PayPal payments.

5. Africa Food for Thought, who have many wonderful feeding schemes and initiatives in place year-round, are helping to feed those in need this winter in particular. Please donate to help them in this.

6. Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW): Gauteng-based CLAW provides vet care and humane education and support to impoverished communities.

Right now, they have been inundated with surrendered animals and need all the supplies and donations they can get. They have listed some drop-off points on their Facebook page but you can also EFT donations. Please see here to donate. Note: Please use ‘Food donation’ as reference when donating via EFT.

7. South African National Blood Service (SANBS): Sadly, our national blood service, which provides life-giving blood to patients across SA, has also been affected and hit during the riots and looting.

Please support them by becoming a blood donor (full donor details available here) or donating blood at your nearest donation centre. You can find a list here using the location search option.

Note: I am a blood donor myself and it is a safe and entirely painless process so there is nothing to fear about donating blood if you meet the donor requirements. 🙂


Online Resources for Those In Need or Struggling

Below are some online resources and basic recipes to help those struggling in this time.

“Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.” – Elie Wiesel.

8. Award-winning SA journalist, Nivashni Nair, shared a helpful three-ingredient dinner rolls recipe for those who cannot get bread or essentials in this time but who still have some staples in their homes/pantries.

9. Unrest Map: You can use this online tool to track SA’s unrest online and avoid hotspot areas.

It tracks incidents of violence, arson, looting, protests and more. The map info is directly sourced from journalists on the ground.

10. Parent24’s Elizabeth Mamacos shared a great article for parents/guardians on parenting through political unrest. You can read the full article here.

11. Dough Girl, a local bakery in Durban, has also offered several basic recipes or baking substitute(s) lists for those in need to utilise.

You can find more here on the Dough Girl Instagram feed.


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12. Genevieve Putter of The New Normal has shared some helpful tips for her South Africa followers – for our mothers especially.

13. South Africa’s top good news site, GoodThingsGuy, continues to provide upliftment and share hopeful, positive stories in this time.

You can read some encouraging stories about people stepping into help here.

14. Watercolour Heart artist and illustrator, Jess, shared this poignant and moving poem and post, which offers some words of hope and encouragement in this time.

15. The South African Therapist is providing upliftment and useful, free counselling resource links in this time.

16. Biddykins, a leading South African cloth nappy brand, recently shared a useful cloth nappy guide for mothers, parents and caregivers to use.

It shows how to make a cloth nappy using a t-shirt. Share or screen shot this post to help a parent or caregiver provide for their baby or toddler.


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Volunteer to Help: In Any Way You Can

17. RebuildSA Facebook group: A wonderful Facebook-based volunteer group called RebuildSA has been set up to help volunteers connect with affected businesses and communities.

On the group, affected businesses can fill out the business form for assistance – while volunteers can fill out the volunteers form and offer to help clean up; donate funds; provide/donate cleaning supplies; offer resources such as their skills/services and more.

You can access and join this group here and pledge your support.


Please note: I am sharing these online resources and guides as a means to help others in this time.

While I have tried to only include reputable or known and trusted channels – this post is intended as a guide only.

For further information on donating or volunteering to help, please contact the relevant NGO or organisation directly or visit their websites/social channels for more insights.

If you know of any other platforms, people or feeds sharing helpful, verified information or useful content in this time, please comment on this post and I will happily add it to the list(s), if and where applicable. 🙂

Author: Tamlyn Ryan

Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – Travel Writing and Photography, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. Despite having a national diploma in Journalism and working as a content writer by day, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

2 thoughts on “How You Can Help South Africa: Donate, Volunteer and Help Rebuild SA”

  1. Thank you so much for this. As an expat i desperately needed this list! Will share it far and wide. Keep safe x

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