KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Sihle Zikalala has revealed that a dedicated bank account opened by the provincial government for relief funds, in the wake of the recent floods, has generated over R3.6 million in donations.
Zikalala says R100 000 was earmarked for for the Department of Health, R3 million is set aside for education, mainly the fixing of four schools, while R500 000 from the government of Qatar will be allocated to the Department of Social Development.
“We wish to acknowledge the generous donations we have received from major donors such as the government of the United Arab Emirates, Spirit Ambassadors International Church and Sasol. Harmony Gold pledged an amount of R600 000, which is not yet in the donor account, as well as relief supplies donated by Harmony Gold employees in solidarity with the flood victims. We wish to thank all the donors for lending a helping hand to the people in their time of need,” Zikalala said.
The province was rocked by devastating floods in April, which caused extensive damage to infrastructure and left over 440 people dead.
KZN FLOODS: OVER R1 BILLION FOR DISASTER RELIEF – ZIKALALA
The premier added that while National Treasury has indicated that short-term immediate humanitarian relief is available to the tune of R1.018 billion for the KZN floods, the funds have also been earmarked for disasters that may occur in the whole country during the 2022/23 financial year.
Zikalala confirmed that that there is no outstanding application from the province either for short-term humanitarian support or long-term reconstruction, and all the applications have been submitted to National Government via the National Disaster Management Centre.
“Our provincial Disaster Management Centre has made an application to the National Disaster Management Centre for short-term humanitarian relief support to the tune of R100 billion. Further to this, the province has made a request for R12.656 billion for the municipal response and R5.157 billion for the provincial response. This brings the total applied for to R17.813 billion for KZN sector departments and municipal damages. The province has received acknowledgements to this effect, with independent verification of our application having been done by the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) and the Department of Water and Sanitation specialist engineers,”
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Sihle Zikalala
He added that all provincial government departments are reprioritising their budgets in order to aid the funding of the recovery process.