SDI (Supplier Development Initiative) is an existing services-on-demand platform that uplifts micro-suppliers across multiple industries.

Faced with what our President has described as “…a medical emergency far graver then what we have experienced in the last 100 years…”, SDI realised that it is precisely these micro-suppliers who could play a vital role in ensuring the delivery of critical services required to win the war against the virus, from both a medical and socio-economic perspective.

“It is with this in mind that SDI has put together a team of experts, who will operate under the banner of SDI FORCE, to ensure that this network of micro suppliers, will ultimately allow us access up to 50 000 activators on the ground, that are experienced at working with technology, are able to play a much needed role during these trying and difficult times” explains Andile Ramaphosa, SDI Co-Founder.

“[A]s much as it’s difficult to be quarantined in our homes, things are far worse for those whose livelihoods are already compromised. Waste collectors, robot traders and car guards play an integral role in our society, and this lockdown is going to completely cut them off from their everyday source of income. We need to assist them. If we don’t, they will not survive. It’s that simple.”

SDI FORCE was initially set up to assist the homeless in and around Johannesburg during the lockdown period, by providing logistical support and food-packs, sanitisers and other essentials. However it soon became apparent that SDI could expand its scope to include the elderly and other groups, thanks to its relationships with the micro suppliers and other top platforms like Loadit, Tradeway, Sweepsouth and Aweh Africa.

SDI FORCE has now partnered with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the Department of Social Development, and the City of Joburg in collaboration with the Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

“We are in uncertain times, and everyone is anxious,” explains Brad Fisher, ADreach Managing Director and Co-founder of SDI. “But as much as it’s difficult to be quarantined in our homes, things are far worse for those whose livelihoods are already compromised. Waste collectors, robot traders and car guards play an integral role in our society, and this lockdown is going to completely cut them off from their everyday source of income. We need to assist them. If we don’t, they will not survive. It’s that simple.”

Unity Values will be managing an auditable online fundraising initiative to purchase food and hygiene packs on the behalf of SDI FORCE. All packs will be distributed daily throughout the national lockdown by government-approved distribution and logistics agents. Every R1,000 donated helps to feed a family for three weeks. The ADreach Group (Investor and stakeholder in SDI) has already pledged R50,000, and is now challenging other companies and appealing to the public to make further donations to this worthy cause. This can be done at: www.unityvalues.com/sdi