The country collectively held its breath as word spread about how severely the heavy rain and ensuing floods had affected various parts of KwaZulu-Natal. Not only did it cause widespread damage to cars and property, but it also claimed the lives of many people.
As an example, Toyota South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Prospecton, south of Durban, was heavily flooded during the heavy rains that hit parts of KZN last week, bringing an abrupt standstill to operations.
Despite the dire circumstances, there was a silver lining. The Gift of the Givers Foundation is Africa’s largest disaster response non-governmental organisation of African origin. Since its inception in 1992, the organisation has been responsible for the delivery of life-saving goods and on-the-ground assistance to innumerable people in more than 43 countries worldwide, including South Africa. It was founded by Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, who also serves as the director of the organisation.
Many businesses stepped up to help where they could either by way of food or monetary donations.
Gumtree lists the automakers that have lent a helping hand towards disaster relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal:
Ford – The automaker provided a R370 000 disaster relief grant to assist communities worst-hit by the floods. The aid comprises of food parcels, water, mattresses, blankets and care packs.
Hyundai – Hyundai South Africa and Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea donated a total of R3-million to Gift of the Givers Foundation on 26 April 2022. In addition, the Korean automaker also donated five H100 bakkies and an H1 9-seater bus from 2022 to 2022 to assist with the country’s Covid-19 social investment.
Volkswagen – The German automaker donated R2-million to the Gift of the Givers Foundation, to support the organisation’s efforts to provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid to the victims of devastating floods in KwaZulu Natal.
The Gift of the Givers organisation can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on their toll-free number 0800 786 911.
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