Mokonyane thanks SA for Duduza aid

2011-10-04 14:30

Tornado approaching Duduza

2011-10-03 15:26

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Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has thanked South Africans for coming to aid of the victims of a tornado in Duduza, on the East Rand.

"The compassion and the spirit of ubuntu that has been displayed by South Africans of all hues to the many families who are affected by the devastating impact of the tornado must be lauded," she said on Tuesday.

"To those who have donated foodstuffs, blankets and their time - we thank you. It is at times such as these that one is truly humbled to lead a province of people with such empathy."

An 8-year-old boy died, 166 people were injured and 2 790 people left homeless after the tornado descended on the township, near Nigel, on Sunday night. Over 550 homes were destroyed.

On Monday, Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele declared the township a disaster area.

Mokonyane said the province had set up a joint operation centre to co-ordinate relief efforts, and to install toilets and water tankers. It had asked home affairs to help those who had lost documentation, the premier said.
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