TORNADO VICTIMS IN MAGWAVENI RECEIVE VITAL SUPPORT

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  • To assess the ongoing relief efforts and distribute Social Relief of Distress (SRD) vouchers to those affected by a devastating tornado, Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu and KwaZulu-Natal MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza will visit Magwaveni, Tongaat.
  • The tornado caused extensive damage, destroying 1,947 houses and displacing 1,687 families, who are now accommodated in temporary shelters in eThekwini.
  • The visit aims to coordinate with local authorities and organisations to ensure the effective delivery of aid and support, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations.

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial MEC of Social Development, Ms Nonhlanhla Khoza, are visiting Magwaveni, Tongaat, to assess ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in the disaster-stricken area and distribute Social Relief of Distress (SRD) vouchers to affected individuals and households.

According to the South African Weather Service, a strong tornado hit Magwaveni and surrounding areas, leaving behind a trail of destruction that led to the loss of human life. The extent of the damage was such that approximately 1,947 houses were destroyed, leaving about 1,687 families displaced. The affected individuals and families are currently accommodated in three temporary shelters established in eThekwini.

The government, through the National Disaster Management Centre, has declared a state of disaster and activated Phase 1 of its Disaster Response Approach, focusing on coordinated disaster response through the provision of immediate humanitarian assistance to meet the basic needs of those most impacted by the disaster. This is guided by the Disaster Management Act (Act No. 57 of 2022 as amended), which provides for a whole-of-government and society response to natural or human-caused disasters at national, provincial, and local levels.

SRD is a temporary grant provided in terms of Section 32 of the Social Assistance Act (Act No. 13 of 2004, as amended) intended for persons in such dire material need that they are unable to meet their families’ most basic needs as they recover and rebuild their lives.

During the visit, Minister Zulu and MEC Khoza will also meet with local authorities, community leaders, local humanitarian relief organisations, and affected people to discuss the most effective ways to coordinate and deliver the much-needed further aid and support.

“On behalf of our government, I take this opportunity to thank all local relief organisations, businesses, and individuals for uniting behind President Ramaphosa’s call to respond to the humanitarian needs of families, including prioritising the needs of children, older persons, and persons with disabilities whose lives have been upended by this disaster,” said Minister Zulu.

 

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