R800m relief for flood victims

2011-02-10 19:23

Cape Town - Government has set aside R800m for immediate relief to assist communities affected by the recent floods in the north of the country, President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday.

In his State of the Nation address to parliament, he said that as the country prepared for the upcoming local government elections, the country had been struck by devastating floods in recent weeks, and many families had been affected.

"We extend heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Our hearts also go out to those who were injured and who lost all their belongings.

"Let me use this opportunity to announce that government has set aside R800m for immediate relief to assist communities."

Funds would also be earmarked to deal with post-disaster recovery and reconstruction in the years ahead.

"We thank relief agencies, non-governmental organisations, private sector, religious organisations and communities for assisting those in need," Zuma said.

  • lotus.lindi - 2011-02-10 21:27

    R800 million....that's R131 million less than the NYDA's annual budget. And although the NYDA are delusionally proud of their incendiary powers in Egypt, what would REALLY be more helpful in develop our youth, would be to put them to WORK on flood relief projects for example. Just think, if they'd spent just a little less time on wine,women,song and how-to-throw-a-bomb at their conference, they would have had time to help out with comunity building projects, vegetable gardening, cleaning up public parks, clearing flood damage/mopping up operations or other real contributions to a better world. Imagine that.

  • Peter - 2011-02-11 08:27

    This will be used as an election tool."Here is some ANC money to help you." Rotten to the core.......

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