Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu on Wednesday received a donation of one million rand from the People’s Republic of China Ambassador to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong.
The donation aims to bolster the reach of the government’s ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal.
The donation follows the declaration of a national state of disaster on Monday after various municipal areas in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were ravaged by extreme weather, including a fire in Langa, Western Cape, which displaced dozens of people.
Zulu said the donation would support emergency humanitarian and recovery efforts in affected areas.
“On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of South Africa, we express our deepest gratitude to the government of the People’s Republic of China for this generous donation. [It] will enable us to respond to the immediate needs of hundreds of families affected by the recent floods, including those displaced from their homes, to get back on their feet,” Zulu said at a ceremony held in Pretoria.
On Tuesday, the Minister traveled to the flood-hit local municipalities of Ndwedwe and Mandeni under iLembe District Municipality to deliver much needed aid to families affected by the disaster.
These two municipalities are among the most affected by the disaster which left a trail of destruction resulting in the loss of over 400 lives, including three members of the Mdletshe family in Ndwedwe.
During her visit, Zulu interacted with affected families, local community organizations, community leaders and social service professionals deployed to provide psychosocial support services in the area.
She again offered her condolences to the victims and families of the deadly floods.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those who are unsure of the fate of their loved ones. We have deployed psychosocial support teams to where our services are most needed. We are also working with a number of partners to support humanitarian relief efforts,” she said.