NGO apologises for Feed a Child advert

Getrude Makhafola

Feed a Child SA has apologised after its advertisement - which was meant to raise awareness about starving children - drew heavy criticism.

Feed A Child SA has apologised after its advertisement, meant to raise awareness about starving children, drew heavy criticism. (Screenshot)

“We apologise for the advertisement. It was not intended to cause harm to anyone,” chief executive Elza Rautenbach told the South African Press Association on Wednesday. 

The advert, which was aired on television, showed a white woman having a meal and feeding a black child who is kneeling on the floor. 

The child is fed as if he was a dog. Social media reflected outrage from all corners over the way the black child was portrayed in the advertisement. Many called for Feed a Child South Africa to apologise and withdraw it. 

Rautenbach said Feed a Child would still retain its relationship with the advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather Cape Town, which produced the advertisement. “They are a good agency, we have started working with them only recently.” It would continue with its work of feeding hungry children. 

Rautenbach said: “We are moving on, and continuing to do our day to day work, raise funds and feed our younger generation.” – Sapa

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