Saturday, 16 April 2022 12:29

Motsepe Foundation donates R30m to assist victims of floods in Kwazulu Natal.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Premier Zikalala, His Royal Highness, King Misuzulu and billionaire Patrice Motsepe are attending a prayer session for the victims of floods in Kwazulu Natal.

The Motsepe Foundation has donated R30 Million which will go toward supporting the flood victims and Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed the donation on behalf of the government.

This is one of a couple of pledges and donations that have come in to assist those affected by the devastating floods.

More than 390 people have lost their lives in the province so far with more rain expected over the weekend. Thousands more have been displaced after their homes were washed away by torrential downpours.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government needs to prepare better for natural disasters in light of the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) as a result of heavy rains.

"We also need to deal more with better preparedness for disasters, particularly climate change-driven disasters as well as just the town planning because people have built in very dangerous areas of the topography of [KZN] and we need to be more careful," Ramaphosa said while speaking to the media outside a church in Mpumalanga on Friday.

With the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) being deployed to KZN this week, Ramaphosa said government was pulling out all the stops to deal with the situation in the province.

"There's been such a catastrophe and we need to pay attention to everything we can do to restore the lives of our people there, businesses, infrastructure. The [SANDF] is a multi skilled unit of our government so therefore they are well placed to be deployed there to do rescue and search," he said.

The president said government will have to "work day and night" until everything is restored in the province.

"It’s going to take us some time and there may well be some delays in terms of other infrastructure that will take time, but I'm pleased that our provincial government and our local government, in eThekwini particularly, are paying attention to all the work that needs to be done. To give our people water [and] to give shelter to those with who have lost their homes," Ramaphosa added. 

As government continues to assess the damage, the president confirmed that government has allocated R1 billion to KZN as emergency relief.