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ROLE OF SOCIAL PARTNERS IN COMBATING DISASTER IN THE PROVINCE APPLAUDED BY MEC HLOMUKA

Durban: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Sipho Hlomuka has applauded Non-Governmental Organisations for the active role they play in providing support to communities who are afflicted by weather-related incidents across the province.

This morning MEC Hlomuka held a special breakfast with Social Partners consisting of organisations that work with the department to respond to incidents and disasters in communities.

During the breakfast, MEC Hlomuka hailed the important role played by social partners in providing emergency relief to communities during their greatest hour of need. The breakfast which is hosted at a time when the province is expecting an increase in the number of weather-related incidents as a result of the summer season, which brings with it heavy rains, hail, strong winds and severe thunderstorms.

“As the provincial government, we are not under any illusion when it comes to the magnitude of the task that lies ahead of us as we respond to the needs of communities more especially during weather-related incidents. We acknowledge that we cannot do this alone. We cannot walk on this road alone and need a reliable partner who can walk with us in responding to the challenges that face our communities. This is why we value the work of the civil society in our communities. Without your involvement in disaster response and the fight against social ills, our work towards these objectives would not have the same impact” said Hlomuka.