AmaZulu FC continues to support flood-affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal through the provision of essential emergency relief. It is estimated that more than 40,000 people have been left homeless with many roads, public infrastructure, and homes severely damaged because of heavy rains that battered the province earlier this month.
The devastating floods have claimed more than 400 lives with many more people still missing. The entire eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and the districts of Ilembe, Ugu, King Cetshwayo and Umgungundlovu were reported as being the most affected by the floods, which have been described as the worst in the history of South Africa.
The storms and floods have caused severe hardships in affected communities. Homes, nutrition and health facilities, water sources, schools and businesses have been impacted. The situation is dire. AmaZulu – working with its major partners Spar and Mitsubishi SA – have stepped up to help some of the affected communities when it matters most.
Inanda and Umzinyathi on the north of Durban and Tehuis Hostel in Umlazi are just some of the areas that the club has visited through its flood relief initiative which started last week. Tehuis provides shelter to some families whose houses (informal dwellings) along Umlazi River were washed away in the floods. About 700 people are being housed there. Residents of Umzinyathi are mourning the loss of 10 members of the family who died due to the natural disaster.
“The magnitude of this crisis has been immense and therefore it is important to show that AmaZulu is a caring football club that is there for the people in their time of need. There was a lot of focus on our Durban derby game against Royal AM this week, but our minds are still with the people facing devastation. Usuthu cares,” said AmaZulu FC Community Relations Officer, Phumlani Dube.