Social development, donation from donors to help victims of Jagersfontein

Victims of the devastating floods in Jagersfontein, Free State, need help. The Department of Social Development and Gift of the Givers are offering assistance.


As soon as news broke that residents had lost homes and cars to the floods, Department of Social Development intervened.

This was after they discovered that some of the residents of the affected area charlesville The area fled the floods with only the clothes on their backs.

MEC for social development in the free stateMotlagomang Mamiki Qabathe immediately dispatched a team of social workers and community development practitioners.

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Spokeswoman Lindiwe Mnguni said the team needed to assess the impact of the flooding. They must also assist in the evacuation of those affected to safe areas.

“The Department’s social partners, SASSAthe Red Cross and Meals on Wheels have also been activated and are already on the ground carrying out assessments to ensure that interventions are immediately put in place and that the necessary relief is provided to those affected.

Lindiwe Mnguni

She said the department will additionally provide emotional support to affected families and community members.


The Jagersfontein floods have left sheep in farming communities without food, which will be provided to them. PHOTO: Facebook/Donor Gift

The Charlesville area also lost power due to damage Eskomits infrastructure. But cellphone towers were also hit, leaving residents without cellphone signal. Nor was there a drop of drinking water, said Donation from donors.

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But a local church opened its doors for shelter and accommodation. What affected residents needed immediately included bottled water, bulk food for cooking, blankets, mattresses and clothing.

Other requirements include hygiene items, sanitary napkins, diapers and fodder for the sheep that have been left in the muddy mud.

“The Gift of the Givers team is currently packing supplies in Bethlehem, Graaf-Reinet, Gqeberha and Cape Town, with the first delivery expected later today. [Sunday] in Jagersfontein,” said Imtiaz Sooliman.

The Prime Minister of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela, and the police asked the organization for help in the farming and local community. Two of the Gift of the Givers members lead the Free State Disaster Management search and rescue team.

“We will receive updates directly from them once the network is up and running. Arrangements will be made to provide fodder to the sheep,” Sooliman said.

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Joel C. Hicks