The COVID-19 pandemic continues, with the number of confirmed cases steadily increasing. Currently, there are 70 038 confirmed cases in South Africa.
As the country attempts to deal with the impact of the pandemic, steps are being taken to assist those in need. This follows an event on Saturday, June 13, held in Newcastle by the KZN Department of Social Development.
Newcastle Mayor, Cllr. Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba accompanied by the Amajuba District, Dr Musa Ngubane, joined the KZN of Social Development’s social relief campaign led by MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza.
The program was aimed at responding to the high levels of hunger caused by COVID-19. The Department of Social Development and municipalities partnered with Old Mutual SA to intervene and assist less-fortunate households during the lockdown period.
Dr Mahlaba applauds this initiative. By doing so, he reiterates his desire to see more key role players in the private sector providing similar support to the needy.
“Such initiatives continue to restore my faith in humanity. COVID-19 is teaching us daily that the good far exceeds the undesirable. This new normal means that as government, we have to go beyond the call of duty. We’ve had to accelerate our efforts, in order to ensure that we look after the vulnerable and needy,” remarks Dr Mahlaba.
MEC Khoza, Dr Mahlaba, Dr Ngubane, alongside Amajuba Speaker of Council, Phumzile Mgcina, and Newcastle Municipality Speaker of Council, Samke Yende also visited the Nkabinde family.
The Nkabinde lost their home to a fire a few weeks ago. The family was given warm blankets and much needed food relief for the winter period.
Well done to those involved in the initiative, reaching out to the less fortunate during these difficult times.