KZN pledges R20 mln in Bulwer aid

2009-11-13 00:00

THE provincial government has committed an estimated R20 million to rebuilding the houses that were destroyed by the storm in Bulwer last Friday, said the MEC for Social Development, Meshack Radebe, during a visit to the area yesterday.

Radebe and the charity group, Gift of the Givers, were delivering aid to the area totalling R3,3 million.

He said the government has estimated that the figure may rise above R20 million as the losses and the damage caused by the storm are still being investigated.

“The R20 million will go towards rebuilding the houses that were destroyed, but the government will only build one house per household and the people will have to build their other rooms that were destroyed by themselves.”

Radebe said that rehabilitating the houses is an emergency because “living in a tent is no way to live”.

“The contractors who will build these houses will have no Christmas because they will be working seven days a week to complete these houses.”

Radebe, who said the situation has improved since the devastation he witnessed on Saturday, visited the family of the Shiyekile Mbelu (67) who was killed during the storm.

He committed his department to covering all the funeral expenses, adding that “Mbelu deserves to be buried with dignity”.

He urged community members who have not received assistance to be patient with the government, promising that it would “support the Bulwer people until they are through the nightmare”.

He chastised those who were greedy and had turned the tragedy into a political football by claiming that the government is not responding to the tragedy in time.

The aid totalling R1,3 million brought by the department included items such as cooking oil, toilet paper, sugar, potatoes and groceries.

The Gift of the Givers brought supplies totalling R2 million, including beds, clothing, gas stoves, tents and food and toys.

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.