Vow to rebuild storm-hit Molweni

2008-11-16 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier S’bu Ndebele has promised that the houses of Molweni residents destroyed in Friday’s storm are to be rebuilt before Christmas.

Over 400 houses were destroyed by the storm, which also claimed the lives of eight people.

Ndebele, accompanied by the MECs for Local Government, Mike Mabuyakhulu and Social Development, Meshack Radebe, and eThekwini Mayor Obed Mlaba, visited the area on Saturday to assess the extent of the damage caused by the storm.

During the visit, Ndebele assured Molweni residents that the provincial government will do everything possible to restore their lives to normality soon.

“The devastation and mayhem caused by this storm are unbelievable. On behalf of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, we want to convey our sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives due to the devastating storm. We wish those injured a speedy recovery,” said Ndebele.

He said the provincial government will pay the funeral costs and provide support and counselling for the victims.

Ndebele urged KwaZulu-Natal citizens to give what they can to the people affected by the storm.

“Let’s see the spirit of Ubuntu in action. Whatever you give will make a difference. We also want to encourage people to assist with the displaced children,” said Ndebele.

Aid organisations also appealed to the citizens of the province to assist by donating food and clothes, a KZN radio station announced yesterday.

Speaking on Gagasi FM yesterday, Mabuyakhulu said that assessments are still being carried out.

He added that the storm victims have been given plastic roofing to help repair their homes, and that two big tents were erected to shelter them.

Anyone who wishes to assist can contact S’bu Hadebe at 082 805 5480 or e-mail him at clombia@mweb.co.za.

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