Fire in KwaMashu November 2012

Totally destroyed and shattered were the 35 families of a KwaMashu hostel. Their home was reduced to nothing during a heavy storm on Monday when a candle fell over burning a curtain and spread through the entire hostel.Thankfully there were no injuries as the community quickly assisted the victims to escape the horrific blaze.

Aaron Mbango, a community worker, informed GOTG about the disaster and a team was dispatched to distribute:

  • 35 Food Hampers
  • 35 x 24 x 50g Rama
  • 100 Blankets
  • 35 Personal Hygiene Packs

Total Project Value: R43 500.00

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Storm in Curry's Post November 2012

Storm in Curry's Post November 2012

A severe storm past through Curry's Post, KZN, and for 4 families living in informal settlements it proved to be absolutely devastating. Their roof tops were blown away and all that was left were waterlogged structures once called 'home'. Ward Councillor, Mr S. D. Nkuna, contacted Gift of the Giverds for assistance and our team responded with:

  • 4 Personal Hygiene Packs
  • 8 Blankets
  • 4 Boxes of Rama
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Storm in Ntabamhlophe September 2012

Storm in Ntabamhlophe September 2012It was a sad day in Ntabamhlophe, Escourt as 50 victims picked up the remnants of their belongings after a disasterous storm hit their community. Their homes were simply blown away or flooded. Meals on Wheels coordinator, Sam, contacted GOTG for assistance.

GOTG distributes:
  • 100 Blankets
  • 50 Personal Hygiene Packs
  • 50 Food Parcels
Total Project Value: R40 000.00.
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Flood in Gugulethu July 2012

Flood in Gugulethu July 2012

 

A GOTG team went out to assist the flood victims in the Gugulethu area. We distributed Hot Soup with Bread and Blankets to Vukuzenzele Informal Settlement and Kanana Informal Settlement.

AreaQuantityProject Value

Kanana Informal Settlement

300 Blankets
Soup and Bread to 750 people

R28 500.00

Vukuzenzele Informal Settlement

200 Blankets
Soup and Bread to 350 people

R17 250.00


Total Project Value: R45

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Free State Tornado June 2012

Free State Tornado June 2012How can we not respond to a community that has exhibited overwhelming generosity to neighbours who lost material possessions, sustained physical injury and some ultimately paid with their lives through a freak tornado reminiscent of a similar disaster in Ficksburg and Duduza last year.

The South African spirit of ubuntu never fails and the compassion of our people never ceases to amaze.  Not a
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Fire in Alexandra May 2012

Fire in Alexandra May 2012A fire broke out on Saturday, 19 May, in Alexandra and rapidly spread burning 14 shacks to the ground. 2 people needed treatment in hospital due to burn wounds and smoke inhalation.

We were contacted by Mr Onke, a Ward Councillor and the ANC Women’s league to assist the people in their time of need. Upon our arrival we were welcomed by the ladies of the ANC Women’s league with singing and dancing,  Read more  

Flood in Ulundi January 2012

Flood in Ulundi January 2012

GOTG distributes aid items to the flood victims in Ulundi:

  • 250lt Meadow Delight
  • 25 x 500g (10 box) Rama margarine
  • 250 Food Parcels

Total Project Value: R108 750.00

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Fire in Glenwood May 2011

Fire in Glenwood May 2011 A 5 bedroom house, of which the kitchen & lounge [inclusive of furniture] burnt to the ground. Cause of fire unknown.

Gift of the Givers responded by providing to the home owner :
  • 4 Blankets
  • 2 Mattresses
  • 1 Food Parcel
  • 1 Unilever Household Pack
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Fire in Enadi October 2010

Fire in Enadi October 2010Gift of the Givers responds to a call for assistance after a fire broke out in the Enadi rural community in Mt Elias. 5 homes were burnt and all possessions were destroyed.

GOTG distributes:
  • 10 Blankets
  • 5 Food Parcels
  • 105 Unilever Household Packs

The Unilever packs consisted of:

  • Handy Andy
  • 3kg Washing Powder
  • Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid
  • Sunlight Bath Soap
  • Sunlight All Purpose Soap
  • Sta Soft Fabric Softener
  • Domestos
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Fire in Eshowe June 2010

Fire in Eshowe June 2010The Mobeni area was horrifically illuminated with fire induced by the blazing forest nearby. 16 houses were detroyed and residents lost all belongings.

Gift of the Givers responded with the following aid items:
  • 16 Food Parcels
  • 32 Blankets
  • 32 Rechargable Lights
  • 16 Boxes of Biscuits
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Taxi Collision in Ixopo May 2010

Taxi Collision in Ixopo May 2010On 8 May 2010, Gift of the Givers responded to 16 families in Ixopo after a devastating accident had occured between a truck and taxi. The collision resulted in the dead of 16 people, all of whom were the bread-winners in their homes.

GOTG distributed the following items:
  • Food Parcels
  • Fruit Salad
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Rechargeble Lights
  • Blankets
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Storm in iKwazibusele December 2009

Storm in iKwazibusele December 2009On 01 December, 2009, Gift of the Givers responded to the residents of the iKwazibusele informal settlement in Mshwati. Their homes and belongings were damaged and destroyed by the storm which violently broke out in the area.

GOTG distributed food parcels, blankets and rechargeable lights.

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Storm in Bulwer November 2009

Storm in Bulwer November 2009

On 6 November 2009, at approximately 14h30 the Ingwe municipal area experienced substantial rainfall with a hail-storm for a period less than an hour. The disaster occurred as a result of the strong winds that took place within Bulwer which mainly affected the following areas around:

  • St Charles, Nkwezela, Macalagwala clinic, Diepdale & Ncwadi.

The incident caused severe damage to dwellings, access roads, power lines, natural vegetation and injured a number of people with 1 fatality reported. The incident displaced a number of people from their homes as strong winds uprooted huge trees and caused roof tops to blow away.

DAMAGE CAUSED

No

Item

Statistics

1

Totally Destroyed Houses

171

2

Partially Destroyed Houses

126

3

Fatality

1

4

Injuries

70

5

Total No. Of people affected

2079


Gift of Givers increases Bulwer Disaster Relief to R1 million. Items include:

  • 50 Tents
  • 1000 Blankets
  • 400 Huge Food Parcels
  • 100 New Pot Sets
  • Disposable Nappies
  • 300 Rechargeable Lights
  • New Clothing and Shoes
  • 130 Gas Stoves, Gas Cylinders and Gas
  • Building Material
  • 500 Mattresses
  • 100 Sleeping Bags
  • Toys

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    Fire in Doornfontein Johannesburg August 2009

    Fire in Doornfontein Johannesburg August 2009

    On August 15, 2009, a flat burnt out in Buxton Street, Doornfontein (close to the GOTG soup kitchen).  126 People were affected.  Gift of the Givers responded by supplying food, water and blankets, as well as providing two hot meals to the victims.

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    Fire in Shiyabazali July 2009

    Fire in Shiyabazali July 2009On 15 July 2009, homes were destroyed when fire swept through the Shiyabazali informal settlement in Howick. Gift of the Givers responded by supplying blankets to the affected.

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    Floods in Soweto February 2009

    Floods in Soweto February 2009

    Heavy rains and floods ravaged Soweto, leaving about 200 families homeless and two people dead. Gift of the Givers responded with food parcels, mattresses, blankets, clothes, baby clothes and shoes for the affected people.

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    Fire in Mpumalanga July 2007

    Fire in Mpumalanga July 2007

    On July 26, 2007, disaster struck Mpumalanga where veld fires raged through the province. Ten people had died, 37,400 hectares of plantation and 15,000 hectares of grazing land were destroyed. There was also damage to infrastructure, adding to the economic devastation.

    Gift of the Givers (GOTG) donated a total consignment of 20,000 food parcels, 500 tents, new clothing and shoes and 20,000

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    Floods in Alexandra 2000

    Floods in Alexandra 2000Torrential rains fell in January 2000, causing devastating floods in mid-February across most of southern Africa. Many homes, primarily informal settlements, had been severely affected leaving scores of people homeless and some missing.

    Alexandra, one of South Africa's most impoverished townships, received R100 000 worth of relief supplies as well as a huge consignment of mattresses and blankets  Read more  

    Christmas Day Floods Pietermaritzburg 1995

    Christmas Day Floods Pietermaritzburg 1995

    On 26 December 1995, Gift of the Givers distributed a much needed relief consignment to the survivors of the 'Christmas Day Flood' in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. Flood marks indicated the flood was about 8.5 metres deep leading to the drowning of an estimated 150 people.

    GOTG relief consignment consisted of:

    • canned food, flour, maize meal, oil, sugar and salt
    • soaps and disinfectants
    • candles
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    Storm in Mpoloweni November 2012

    Storm in Mpoloweni November 2012

    The Mpoloweni community was left in total despair and having to deal with the unfortunate drowning of one of it's members made the pain even worse. The severe storm blew roof tops, doors and windows away. Many of their belongings were damaged and Mr Vincent Mnwabe Councillor of Ward 10 Umshwathi, stepped in to assist. He contacted GOTG for aid after identifying 75 of the most severely affected

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    Fire in Melmoth August 2012

    Fire in Melmoth August 2012

    150 families were left in shock after a fire broke out in the Melmoth community. GOTG assists these families by providing:

    • 150 Blanket
    • 150 Food Parcels

    Total Project Value: R75 000.00.

     

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    Fire Outside Copesville Quarry May 2012

    Fire Outside Copesville Quarry May 2012

    A fire broke out on Sunday, 24th May, just outside the Copesville Quarry by a candle lit in one of the shacks. It rapidly spread burning 9 shacks to the ground.


    We were contacted by Mrs Lalitha, a Primary Health Care Educator, requesting us to respond to this disaster. Each shack has between 2 to 5 members in a family. They were pleased by our speedy response.

    • 9 Food Parcels

    • 9 Blankets

    Total Project

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    Vaal Dam Wall Burst May 2012

    Vaal Dam Wall Burst May 2012On the 05 May the Vall dam wall bursts flooding 14 homes, and leaving 1 person dead. The Tzaneen SAPS called GOTG for assistance and on our arrival found that many of the residents were still displaced. We committed ourselves to donating 14 Zozos to the 14 affected families.

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    Fire in Cato Manor June 2011

    Fire in Cato Manor June 2011A devastating fire broke out in Cato Manor, where 130 houses were burnt to the ground. Cause of fire is unknown.

    Affected residents received items to the value of R74 100.00 :
    • 130 Food Parcels
    • 130 Packs of 1 Kg Porridge
    • 130 Blankets
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    Fire in Gugulethu December 2009

    Fire in Gugulethu December 2009On 04 December 2009, Gift of the Givers responded to the citizens of Gugulethu who were affected by the fire that burnt down their shacks, destroying all their belongings. Victims were supplied with food parcels, 10kj mealie meal bags and blankets.

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    Fire in Westbury July 2010

    Fire in Westbury July 2010A fire, started by an electrical fault, broke out in the late afternoon at the Westbury flats. Four of which were badly damaged leaving twenty-one people homeless. A call came for assistance from a community member and GOTG responded on 01 July by providing food and blankets to the affected residents who were able to find temporary shelter with family members.
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    Fire in Octavia Flats Mayfair May 2010

    Fire in Octavia Flats Mayfair May 2010

    On 23 May 2010, a fire caused by an explosion of a gas tank on a fridge, broke out late Sunday afternoon at the Octavia flats in Mayfair. 12 flats were severely damaged and as a result residents lost all their possessions.

    GOTG resopnded immediately by providing:

    • Blankets
    • Clothing
    • Food Parcels
    • Once off 3-Day Feeding Scheme
    • News Shoes

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    Storm in KwaSwamani March 2010

    Storm in KwaSwamani March 2010On 09 April, 2010, Gift of the Givers responded to the residents in KwaSwamani, KZN, after being hit by a terrible storm destroying their homes and belonging.

    GOTG provided the following, 100 food parcels, rechargable lights and blankets.

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    Storm in Maqonqo November 2009

    Storm in Maqonqo November 2009

    On 23 November 2009 homes made of nothing but mud and tin were destroyed by a storm in Maqonqo, Table Mountain.

    Gift of the Givers responded by distributing food parcels, blankets and rechargeable lights.

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    Fire in Tambo Village October 2009

    Fire in Tambo Village October 2009On 04 October 2009, a fire broke out in Tambo Village destroying 9 shacks. On Tuesday, 06 October 2009, we were called upon to assist with the affected familes as all had been lost in the fire. We responded immediately.

    We provided blankets, food parcels and brand new clothing.


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    Fire in Fordsburg Johannesburg July 2008

    Fire in Fordsburg Johannesburg July 2008

    On July 20, 2008, a fire broke out on a small holding in the Fordsburg area.  70 People were affected. Gift of the Givers responded with the distribution of:

    • Blankets
    • Mattresses
    • Food
    • Hygiene Products
    • Baby Goods

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    Floods in Cape Town July 2008

    Floods in Cape Town July 2008

    Gift of the Givers responded to the residents of the following areas affected by floods in Cape Town:

    Kaya Mandi, Hermanus, Gugulethu Cross Roads and Barcelona, Lusaka Boys Town, Porterville, Veldrif, Vredenberg, Worcester and Phillipi. The wet weather that the Cape Peninsula experiences is severe and directly affects the people of Cape Town leaving many of them, in low-lying informal settlements,

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    Storm in Marikana North West November 2008

    Storm in Marikana North West November 2008

    357 houses were extensively damaged by a fierce storm which left a trail of devastation in Marikana. 157 families were displaced and 56 shacks were blown away leaving 54 residents in hospital.


    The Rustenburg Muslim Association, Marikana Municipality and Police requested the assistance of GOTG. The roads were in terrible condition, making it very difficult to reach the residents, however GOTG

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    Floods in Taung 2006

    Floods in Taung 2006Torrential rains caused floods in Taung late February 2006, lasting over 2 months. The people of Taung were left stranded and homeless as bridges were washed away and roads impassable. Even wood was too wet or too destroyed making it impossible to cook in some areas.

    Gift of the Givers responded with speed to the plight of the flood affectees with an aid package worth R2 million. The package
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    Floods in Mpophomeni 1999

    Floods in Mpophomeni 1999On 15 November 1999, Gift of the Givers came to the aid of the disaster struck Mpophomeni community in Howick who became the victims of flash flooding. One person was confirmed drowned after heavy downpours caused a local river to flood, break its banks and ravage the Mpophomeni community. 200 families were left displaced with only the clothes on their backs.

    GOTG relief package consisted of:
    • mattresses,
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