Jan 27, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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KZN floods led to 30,000 job losses or interruptions, says Zikalala

Some 30,000 manufacturing workers are out of work due to flooding in KwaZulu-Natal last month that killed 448 people.

This is according to Premier Sihle Zikalala.

< p>“This means the employees could be without pay for about three months,” Zikalala said. “When you say jobs, we mean they’re people who haven’t been able to go back to work because their companies haven’t reopened yet,” he added.

Zikalala updated the media with the latest Developments as the province continues with clean-up efforts.

One of the hardest-hit manufacturing plants was automaker Toyota.

Zikalala said damage at Toyota’s plant in Isipingo, south of Durban , had caused business disruptions.

He said given the severity of the damage at the Toyota plant, the commitment of the global auto giant and other companies encouraged them to rebuild.

He said , one of the government’s priorities for recovery would be working with the private sector.

“It will be a long road to full recovery,” said Zikalala,

He said the provincial government have opened a special donation account that will last until May 15 more than R125,000.

An amount of R100,000 would go to the health department, while the remainder would be used for reconstruction.

“Most of the donations were sent directly to NGOs and can be billed by them,” he said.

The SA Human Rights Commission, along with the The UN Coordinating Office in South Africa would work with NGOs to ensure citizens had a report on the flood victims certain donations.

He said there had been a spate of announcements from companies offering their donations to help in the aftermath of the floods.

“We all need to be accountable and transparent what we did and how the money earmarked for the flood victims was spent. Who was helped and what interventions [were undertaken],” said Zikalala.

He expressed gratitude for the support provided to the province by individuals, police, military, disaster response teams, private companies, NGOs, traditional leaders and religious organizations. He said city officials will continue to help.

Zikalala said the recovery effort is not a government responsibility alone, but a collective response from all sectors.

“This is a time to pull together tackle and tackle the challenges in the interests of those affected by the floods. Now is not the time for political swagger and division. We will weather the storm by not taking advantage of vulnerable people,” he said.

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