Calls for humanitarian aid in the flood-ravaged province of KwaZulu-Natal are being answered by good samaritans across the country.
Among them, are the staff from the University of Johannesburg.
The university’s council chair Mike Teke has pledged R100,000 to rebuild KZN efforts while the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, will be donating R20,000.
“This will be given to the Gift of the Givers, a trusted humanitarian NGO that has been at the forefront of aid at this difficult time,” said the university in a statement.
Gift of the Givers has been lending a hand to people in affected areas including South Coast, North Coast, Durban, Pietermaritzburg since Monday.
Other NGOs, such as CityHope Disaster Relief, a non-profit organisation and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) have also provided locals with some interim relief, such as blankets and food.
CityHope hopes to support 2,000 families with blankets, mattresses, and food and hygiene parcels, budgeted at R2 million.
Humanitarian aid collections are also taking place on the ‘I’m Staying’ Facebook group.
The million members plus-strong group is collecting warm clothing, food, blankets and mattresses, with drop-off points in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal for the items.
The National SPCA has also urged the public to keep a lookout and report displaced animals.
The animal anti-cruelty body is also appealing for donations.