Filling hungry bellies

Working together on Mandela Day, from left, are Extreme Soupathon fund-raiser Tharone Wilson, Mr South Africa Heinrich Gabler, Extreme Soupathon directors Wyand du Plessis and Pastor Wesley Moodley, and donor from Cape Crop, Uzair Essack.

Extreme Soupathon, a Mowbray non-profit company, made 1 000 litres of soup for the Khayelitsha community on Mandela Day.

Chef Wyand du Plessis came up with the idea for Extreme Soupathon at the start of lockdown.

Mr Du Plessis has more than 20 years experience working as a caterer to big events, but since the start of lockdown Extreme Soupathon has provided soup to feeding schemes in more than 50 communities across the city.

Extreme Soupathon director and chef Evan Coosner said: “We have done over 400 000 cups of soup to date, and it makes me proud to be part of a team that can help South Africans.”

For Mandela Day on Saturday their 1 000 litres of butternut, tomato, sweet potato and carrot soup filled some 6 000 cups served to Khayelitsha residents at Intlanganiso Secondary School.

Pastor Wesley Moodley, also an Extreme Soupathon director, said delivering soup was just part of what they did.

“We try to have conversations and interact with community members to find out what kind of support they need,” he said.

Mr South Africa, Heinrich Gabler, who has his own non-profit called Upcycle SA, joined Extreme Soupathon on Mandela Day on their trip to Khayelitsha.

“Upcycle SA takes sports equipment to less fortunate communities and schools as sport has the power to change the world which Nelson Mandela says,” he said, adding that he was working with Extreme Soupathon because you can’t do sport on an empty stomach.

He took a bakkie full of rugby and soccer balls as well as cricket, tennis and hockey gear with him to Khayelitsha.

To find out more about Extreme Soupathon call Tharone Wilson at 021 447 5774 or 083 642 4240 or email