Sun International’s Maslow Hotel – along with Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and a group of volunteers – took part in a pop-up soup kitchen at the Orlando West community centre Ikageng in Soweto yesterday (July 5).
The purpose was to help prepare and serve a hot meal to 300 people as part of an on-going campaign in which The Maslow has committed to feed thousands of people this month at various locations across Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Later there were queries regarding pictures of Demi-Leigh wearing disposable gloves on social media. Sun International would like to put these into context.
All volunteers, including Demi-Leigh, wore disposable sanitary gloves while working with the food and handing it out. It is standard hygiene practice that ready-to-eat food be prepared and served without bare hand contact.
While Demi was handing out food she was asked to pose for photos so still had the gloves on.
She did not wear disposable gloves throughout the entire visit. She was also involved in handing out blankets to those who attended.
All volunteers, including our staff members, wore gloves during the food preparation. It was mandatory. It was such a successful day and I am sorry that the focus is now on the gloves rather than the positive impact it had. The story behind one of the pictures is fantastic. An eight-year-old deaf girl wanted to teach Demi-Leigh how to say ‘thank you’ in sign language while Demi was still involved in food preparation. Demi was only too happy to pose for a picture. For us who were there, it was such a moving moment.
Carol Dyantyi | Ikageng Programme Director