Government agrees to drop ‘peanut butter ban’
Some three weeks after non-profit organisation Cradle of Hope was barred from handing out peanut butter sandwiches to those in need during the Covid-19 state of disaster, the Krugersdorp charity was this week able to resume its work.
This after the provincial Department of Social Development withdrew a set of guidelines in terms of which NGOs could only distribute food parcels over this period.
Last month, Cradle of Hope approached the North Gauteng High Court with an urgent application to have the guidelines declared unconstitutional and set aside.
The organisation’s chief executive, Melodie van Brakel, said in the court papers that she and her team had been providing local children and adults in need with fresh peanut butter sandwiches and – when available – fruit, for the past…