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Disruption of disaster relief efforts

The City of Joburg Public Safety department is concerned by recent reports of a few disgruntled residents of Protea Glen disturbing disaster relief efforts aimed assisting the people affected the storm.
The City of Joburg is working closely with a number NGO’s and other stakeholders ranging from Non-Governmental Organisations to Private Businesses, whom on a moment’s notice do not hesitate to come to the assistance of the City’s Disaster Management and provide charitable aid to the destitute residence of the city when called upon.
Yesterday and earlier today the Social Development’s Food Bank was refused entry to Protea Glen to handover disaster relief materials including food to families that were affected by the storm. It has also come as a shock that assessors from the NHBRC were disturbed and threatened while trying to assess the affected houses. The City is still conducting a thorough assessments to ascertain the exact number of households affected by the storm.

The intensified stakeholder relations has provided direction towards ensuring sustainable short, medium and long term interventions amongst other priorities which includes provision of humanitarian relief, support and restoration to the displaced with focus on Emergency Services, housing, shelter, water and sanitation, food and health services.

The City’s main priority is to ensure people affected should receive the necessary relief efforts promptly and the recent resistance from the few disgruntled people is unacceptable. The department is willing and ready to assist but amidst the recent protest the major crisis has been identifying the correct leadership to understand the challenges and immediate of the protesters.


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Nana Radebe
Media Liaison Officer
Emergency Management Services
City of Johannesburg
Land: +27 11 758 9540
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