• Minister Zulu provides symbolic vouchers worth R2090 each to 10 families affected by floods, out of 58 displaced families in Thongathi, KZN.
  • Emphasis on cooperation among government structures during crises and disasters, stressing the importance of swift assistance and intervention.
  • Minister Zulu distributes school uniform packs valued at R371,000 to 142 learners at Khalipha Primary School, encouraging education and prospects.

Yesterday, Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, extended support to families affected by floods in Thongathi, KZN Province, through the Social Relief of Distress programme.

Out of 58 displaced families, 10 received symbolic vouchers valued at R2090 each. These vouchers, with recipient details and designated grocery stores, aim to assist families in purchasing essentials, excluding alcohol and cigarettes.

Minister Zulu emphasised the importance of cooperation among all government structures, urging councillors to be familiar with the appropriate contacts within government during crises and disasters. This ensures swift assistance and intervention for those in need during times of emergency.

“I am pained by the fact that in 2002 and early this year, people were affected by disaster, and nothing happened. As we build the nation, free of discrimination and inequality, we are responsible for the well-being of all citizens as Social Development. As a result, we are a department which connects South Africans with other departments responsible for housing, transport, and health amongst others, so that there can be a swift service delivery,” said Minister Zulu.

As part of the province’s Outreach Programme, Minister Zulu distributed school uniform packs valued at R371,000 to 142 learners at Khalipha Primary School, Section Z Section in Umlazi township. Each girls’ uniform pack includes 2 vests, a tracksuit, 3 pairs of socks, underwear, 2 shirts, and a pair of shoes. Boys’ uniform packs consist of 2 vests, 2 shirts, 2 trousers, 1 jersey, a tracksuit, and a pair of shoes.

Minister Zulu informed parents to teach learners how to take care of their school uniforms. She also said; “On my way here, I passed by Mangosuthu University of Technology, and I had a wish that one day, educators from Khalipha Primary School, should arrange a tour for learners to familiarise themselves with that university. By so doing, you will be encouraging these learners to work hard at a young age, so they may one day be part of the institutions of higher learning.

On behalf of the parents, Ms Nomusa Mbatha appreciated the distribution of school uniforms from the department. “We thank you for giving our children school uniforms because most of us do not even spend a thousand Rand on school uniforms. But today, the Department of Social Development is spending thousands of Rands, for our children to remain in school,” said Ms Mbatha.

Joined by KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Social Development, Mrs Nonhlanhla M Khoza, Minister Zulu concluded today’s engagement by meeting one hundred social grant beneficiaries at Umlazi Cinema Hall. She encouraged them to prioritise their studies to enhance their prospects in life. “My plea to you is that you do not drop the ball of falling into any form of social ill, including teenage pregnancy or substance abuse. South Africa needs future leaders who will propel our country forward through various skills. It is in your hands to grasp all opportunities you come across and further your studies,” concluded Minister Zulu.

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