KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) under the leadership of MEC Sipho Hlomuka has marked this year’s Mandela Day, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic whose hardships now coincide with the winter season, with the launch of the Mandela Winter Warmth Campaign in social partnership with the several Non-Governmental Organisations.

“In the spirit of the Mandela Day and the 67 minutes we on this occasion annually devote to improving the lives of the disadvantaged fellow citizens, we are today from our social partners receiving 1500 blankets, 200 hygiene packs, 120 food hampers for distribution to the needy to alleviate the effects of cold weather and hunger,” said Head of Department Thando Tubane.

The department together with social partners also handed over a container house to a young family in Waterloo just outside Durban in Ward 58. The container house replaces an unsafe shack that the Ntuli family which is made up of 2 children and their parents used to live in.

KZN Cogta has taken this opportunity to work with like-minded social partners to source donations in the form of blankets for distribution to those who require assistance during a time when communities in the province are coping with the extreme weather conditions and the devastating effects of a global Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful for every contribution we receive from our social partners in addressing the social challenges faced by our communities. Our thanks today go to representatives of the Muslim World League, Human Aid and World Assembly of Muslim Youth for these donations they have made. The intervention they have made come at a time when they are needed most to alleviate the effects of cold weather and hunger while we are in the Covid-19 pandemic