The taxi industry has once again demonstrated the spirit of Ubuntu and leadership governance during the devastating KwaZulu-Natal floods, which have wreaked havoc in major parts of the province, especially in the Greater eThekwini areas.
Witnessing taxi operators take an active leading role clearing debris from flooded roads, while others went as far as actively preventing looting from spiralling out of control, in similar fashion to that of last year’s July unrests.
Their good deeds leave us as taxi veterans filled with pride and joy that the industry that we have tirelessly helped build for many years become what it is today; caring and progressive despite the challenges it faces daily.
Our hearts go out families, communities and businesses affected by the devastating floods that many of us have not witness in our lives. We are saddened especially by loss of lives, as many of the houses destroyed, can – painfully as it is – always be rebuilt, while lives lost can never be brought back.
May the families, relatives, and friends of those who lost their loved ones be comforted with the knowledge that God’s unfailing love is always with them as we continue to pray for them to stay strong in this trying time. – Taxi World Media
Government to assist KZN flood victims
Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa (speech) assured residents affected by the damage caused by heavy rains, that the government will assist them.
Ramaphosa, who described the situation as a catastrophe of enormous proportions, is cureently visiting various communities in the province to discuss ways forward.
“What is painful is that a lot of people have died. Their homes have been destroyed, streets, towns and this church has been destroyed. So we said let’s go to the areas to see the damage ourselves in order to see how the government can help,” Ramaphosa told SABC News team.
The President said he’s touched by the expressions of concern and solidarity, and offers of assistance expressed by many countries around the world.
“We appreciate the solidarity and generosity with which people and organisations across the country have come to the assistance of those whose lives have been so tragically disrupted by the floods.
“We have also been touched by the expressions of concern and solidarity, and offers of assistance expressed by many countries around the world.”
Mop up exercises continue as government is said to have deployed over 10 000 soldiers to help in the rescue operations.
How can South Africans assist?
Those looking to lend a helping hand can visit the Facebook Crisis Response, which provides information on the floods and creating a space to help the South Africans in need.
Multitudes of South Africans are using the feature to offer clothing, bedding, food and even accommodation to those left displaced by the floods.
Donations made through the platform – which appears in your newsfeed – are given to GlobalGiving, which uses it to fund grants for local, reputable non-profit agencies in the impacted areas globally.
*For more courageous stories on what corporate SA and the government are doing to empower and assist needy communities, visit the NOWinSA/EmpowerSA page regularly!