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Metro looks beyond blankets for emergency assistance relief

MARCH 23, 2017
Metro looks beyond blankets for emergency assistance relief

With the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council's support, disaster-affected households are set to receive increased emergency assistance.

According to the Office of the Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, at Wednesday's Mayoral Committee Meeting, Human Settlements MMC, Nqaba Bhanga, proposed that emergency kits include more than just blankets, to reduce the impacts of disasters on our most vulnerable residents.

"In instances where alternative land has to be identified as an interim solution, the municipality will also install provisional water and sanitation services with the provincial government providing temporary housing structures," the office said in a statement.

"The Executive Director for Human Settlements, Nolwandle Gqiba, has been given the authority to develop the improved emergency support kits.

"Over the years, the municipality has been affected by heavy rains, floods and building collapses that have affected many families. Previously the response to these disasters was insufficient, which is why the newly elected government is looking to make these important changes."

It said that the Local Government Systems Act 32 of 2000 Section 51 (a) instructs municipalities to, and within their administrative and financial capacity, establish and organise its administration in a manner that would enable it to be responsive to the needs of the local community.

"Having assessed the existing Municipality's emergency support programme, it is clear that more needed to be done in the wake of disasters. This government is hard at work, developing an administration that hears communities and responds accordingly," the Mayor's office said.

"For far too long under former administrations, residents were left without adequate service delivery. Those days are over and we are now moving towards an era characterised by fairness for all."