Updated Flood Report - Upington

The arrival of the various Gift of the Givers teams in Upington, led by Allauddin Sayed, began early on the 08 February 2011with the Cape Town team arriving at 16h30, Johannesburg team at 18h00 and the Durban team arriving at 04h00 on the 09 February 2011 respectively.

On the 09 February 2011, Gift of the Givers teams, together with SAPS, SANDF, Social Services disaster management, SASA, SA Council of Churches & the local municipality went out to assess all areas, especially those needing urgent attention. This took the teams about 3-4 hours to complete.

Following the assessments, distribution commenced on 10 February 2011 at 10h30, supported by Col. Steenkamp from SAPS and Col. Esterbed from SANDF, in the following areas; Keimoes, Lennertsville, Skanskop, Eiland, Bloemsmond informal settlement, George Eiland, Farms Iskand, Bella Vista, Bradville, Under George & Rooikop Eiland. All the assistance to the 167 families in these areas was carried out by helicopter. Food Parcels, Household Goods, Hygiene Packs, Nappies & Clothing were distributed. In addition, the local church organised a group of flood stricken victims to collect food parcels from its premises. Also, Social Services assisted Gift of the Givers by visiting the Old Age homes and Orphanages in the areas and handed out items such as nappies and other parcels. Gift of the Givers also supplied vegetables for the vegetable stew to be served to 400 people at the hostel. We were thankful to Col. Esterbed from SANDF and Col. Steenkamp from SAPS, in charge of disaster management and the call centre, who safely escorted and coordinated the teams across bridges and roads that were washed away.

On 11 February  2011, from 11h00 onwards, the helicopter will be transporting Teams and supplies to flood stricken victims in the following areas; Lanklaas with 26 isolated families , Eksteen Island with 14 isolated families & George Island with 10 isolated families. Later on this afternoon, a long helicopter flight to Kakamas to benefit 112 families will be undertaken. Tonight the Paballelo Congregational Church will be assisting Gift of the Givers in distributing 50 food parcels and will host a wellness function for the community, where Gift of the Givers team members will participate. Building bridges across race, culture and religion is what we do best.

Tomorrow, 12 February 2011, is going to be the largest distribution in the area. Gift of the Givers will be assisting 480 families with food parcels to the value of R700.00. In the course of our distribution we came across many families who received aid for the first time. It's obvious that the extent of the Orange River flood is huge.

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Upington Welcomes Gift of the Givers

When Allauddin Sayed, toast of the passengers on the Johannesburg to Upington flight, was enveloped by Afrikaner businessmen, farmers and representatives of the largest auditing firms in South Africa, all unanimous of the dire need of vulnerable families in the flood ravaged plains of the Orange River surrounds, he knew from the enthusiasm, the warm reception and the generous accolades heaped on

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Keimoes Community Floods

Keimoes Community Floods

On 30 March 2011 Keimoes community members in Northern Cape received the following aid items from GOTG in partnership with SAfm:

  • 400 Unilever Household packs
  • 400 Unilever Hygiene packs
  • 300 Pairs of Boots
  • 300 Packets of Chips
  • 300 Cans of Cooldrink
  • 50 Packs of Huggies

SAfm broadcasted live whilst distributing the goods to the flood victims.

oes Community

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Mamelodi Flood Relief Today

Mamelodi Flood Relief Today

A special tribute to the media that highlighted the flood situation in KZN and the rest of the country so prominently in recent days. A big "Thank You" from Gift of the Givers for the extensive coverage afforded to our response and involvement in the Ladysmith and Newcastle region in the period 5-9 January 2011. This brought huge support from the public and indeed benefited those in need.

This

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KZN Floods

Following the continuous heavy rains last night in KZN and the resultant flooding in surrounding areas of Ladysmith and Newcastle, Gift of the Givers are on standby to respond from their Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg offices. The offices are officially closed from 15 December 2010 to 09 January 2011, however we were already called out once to respond to the Soweto Floods of 16-17 December 2010

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Banking Details and Contributions

Please use the following banking details should you wish to contribute to the SA Floods Relief missions:

Banking Institution: Standard Bank
Branch: Pietermaritzburg
Branch Code: 057525
Account Name: Gift of the Givers
Account Number: 052137228

FOR INTERNATIONAL DEPOSITS
Please use the following
BRANCH CODE: 05752500
SWIFT CODE: SBZAZAJJ

Items of real need for flood relief include:

Exam PadsColouring Pencils
Hardcover
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Flood Relief to Top 4 Million Rand

Flood Relief to Top 4 Million Rand

It has been a long journey in responding to the South African Flood crisis that commenced in Orlando on 17 December 2010. As in Pakistan the South African flood is an expanding natural disaster, cutting across seven provinces resulting in billions of rands of agricultural, infrastructural and personal destruction and the unfortunate loss of more than a hundred lives.

 
Gift of the Givers, with
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Telkom Donates 500k To Flood Relief

South Africans stand up as an UBUNTU nation. Even in times of financial stress with less than favourable economic growth indices, job losses and unemployment, the spirit of giving never wanes. Big companies, small companies, private individuals, professionals, even the unemployed and those that just lost jobs recently make contributions in their own way to assist fellow humans in difficulty.

Today

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Gift of the Givers Responds to KZN Floods

Gift of the Givers Responds to KZN Floods

As the flood waters continue to rise in the rural surrounds of Ladysmith and Newcastle, Gift of the Givers teams have deployed in the region, delivering food parcels, bottled water and blankets to several displaced families in the Ladysmith region. A far greater response is planned for tomorrow (06 Jan) in areas 10km away from Madadeni Hospital, Newcastle, and other regions of Ladysmith. Relief

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Floods in Soweto December 2010

Floods in Soweto December 2010

In response to requests for assistance from Tshepo Motlhale, City of Johannesburg Acting Divisional Chief, Disaster Management Centre, Gift of the Givers sent in teams and supplies to flood affected Orlando West, Soweto, on 16 - 17 December. Early assessment indicates that 1200 families have been affected. Orlando was devastated by the loss and damage incurred as the overflow of water and mud

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