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The country’s national lottery operator, ITHUBA has joined the growing response from corporate companies who are digging in deep to offer an immediate and much-needed hand to flood victims in KwaZulu-Natal. On Friday, the 29th of April, ITHUBA and its CEO will visit the community of Molweni, 21 km from Pinetown, to hand over food parcels, blankets and other essentials that will help alleviate the plight of the local community.
At least 50 Molweni residents are currently being sheltered at the Bethel Family Church where the handover will take place. Church leader, Apostle Sizwe Hlabisa, says that community members, including babies and children between 2 and 18 years, have come to stay in the church because their homes have been washed away by the heavy rains that started two weeks ago.
ITHUBA CEO Charmaine Mabuza, who was born in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal said the natural disaster that they have recently witnessed in that province is heartbreaking. “At ITHUBA we could not fold our arms and do nothing.”
A reported 435 people in the province have lost their lives and 54 others are known to be missing. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has estimated that repairing the damage to roads, buildings and other infrastructure will cost as much as a trillion rand.
In the Molweni vicinity, one person is known to have died as the result of the floods and another has been reported missing. The bridges that connect the Molweni community to Pinetown, the nearest urban centre, have been washed away. This leaves many people in a desperate plight as getting to work and school has many risking their lives or not being able to get on with their daily lives at all.