South Africa Has Spoken

South African society has voted with an overwhelming "NO" to Xenophobia, coming out in full support for foreign nationals who they regard as fellow brothers and sisters.  The messages of support, request for bank details, efforts to set up fund-raising campaigns and events, offer of medical and general volunteers and a desire to prepare cooked meals and donate items in kind has been absolutely sensational, heart warming and so, so satisfying.  It reaffirms that we are a caring nation driven by Ubuntu and spirituality and that the xenophobic attacks are not in keeping or acceptable to our inherent capacity of goodness.In the light of the generous outpouring of support we will distribute R1 million rand in supplies to the camps at Isipingo, Chatsworth, Greenwood Park, Phoenix and Verulam, today and tomorrow. Our trucks and teams will be on site from this afternoon.  Stuttaford Van Lines and Unilever staff will join our teams bringing contributions from their companies.  Many companies, corporates, religious institutions and societies have flooded us with enquiries on what to assist with.  Here is a comprehensive list of the basic items to provide some degree of comfort to the displaced foreign nationals.  These include floor sheeting or mats for the tents, mattresses, blankets, linen, new clothing and shoes, towels, plastic utensils which to consume cooked meals, sanitary pads, baby diapers, toilet rolls, refuse bags, 20L buckets with lids, toothbrush, toothpaste, body soap, detergents, air freshener, deodorants, baby cereal, bottled water, sweet packs, biscuits, high energy supplements, toys, stationery for children, rice, maize, oil, sugar, beans, tinned fish, tinned beans, jam, peanut butter, bread, cereals in general.  Any of these items will be of immense value.

In a major new development Gift of the Givers will be setting up a transit refugee camp at Christ Church Mayfair, cnr Park Drive and Main Reef Road, Mayfair, opposite Dragon City. Contact Saadiq Natha, Technical Assistant for the Gift of the Givers on 082 557 5071 OR

Cash contributions into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account No. 052137228, Branch Code 057525.  Please send deposit slip by fax or email with full details for acknowledgement purposes.  All contributions are tax deductible.  Contact for your tax exempt certificate. For details call 0800786911.Thank You South Africa and international donors.