R100m for flood victims

2011-01-27 14:35

KwaZulu-Natal’s government will receive R100 million from central government to assist victims of recent floods, the human settlements department said today.

“The human settlements department has approximately R100 million available to assist KwaZulu-Natal flood victims whose homes were damaged by the recent floods,” Minister Tokyo Sexwale said.

He made the announcement during a visit with KwaZulu-Natal premier Dr Zweli Mkhize to Mnambithi today.

More than 600 homes in the area had been damaged by floods and needed to be either replaced or completely rebuilt.

“We cannot ignore the human tragedy that has resulted from the recent rains,” he said.

“As national government, we have to stand side by side with the province in recovering from this disaster.”

A special fund already existed to cover damage caused by floods in the province.

“This fund, the KwaZulu-Natal Disaster Relief Grant, was established by national government in 2008/2009, after severe floods hit the province.”

“The premier (Mkhize) and I will be putting our heads together as to how government can provide relief.”

Sexwale announced that his department would also make available another R120 million to KwaZulu-Natal for “rectification” of badly-built houses. They either needed to be repaired or torn down and replaced.

“Earlier this month we were in the unfortunate position of having to withdraw R200 million from the provincial budget, which should have been spent on the construction of new homes,” he said.

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