A deadly tornado hit the town of Bethlehem in Free State South Africa on Saturday leaving at least eight people dead, many others injured and several buildings damaged or destroyed.
Neighbours have exhibited overwhelming generosity to their fellow citizens that lost material possessions and sustained physical injury in the disaster.
The South African spirit of ubuntu never fails and the compassion of our people never ceases to amaze. Not a single soul had to endure the indignity of communal living in a hall provided for temporary shelter; neighbours housed fellow humans with open arms in a period of crisis given the total loss of more than fifty houses and the concomitant effects of the biting Free State winter.
support team already hard at work
Gift of the Givers teams are on the way to Kestell with tents, blankets, mattresses, winter clothing, food parcels, supplies for bulk feeding and hygiene packs. Their building teams are already at work preparing temporary shelters in the form of Zozo’s, similar to the 120 that they erected at Duduza and Ficksburg in the aftermath of that disaster.
South Africans wanting to contribute can do so in cash or kind.
Visit www.giftofthegivers.org or call 0800786911.
1. The morning after – photo taken by ER24’s Bethlehem Branch Manager, Neels Moller. Source: Flickr
2. Reitz Tornado – photo taken by Hettie Steyn. Source: Volksblad