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.
Our teams at both offices are ready to respond if local and provincial authorities request assistance outside government departments. Having 18 vehicles of our own, including five trucks and more than fifteen million rand in backup supplies we are well positioned to respond if needed.
Tents, blankets, new clothing, shoes, bottled water, cooked food, food parcels and hygiene packs are all items that constitute our supply list. If necessary, plastic dishes for eating and drinking could also be made available.