Disaster aid stuck at SA border

Humanitarian assistance intended for flood-hit areas of Zimbabwe remains stuck in South Africa for lack of transport.

BNF volunteers assist people at a shelter in Tokwe Mukosi
BNF volunteers assist people at a shelter in Tokwe Mukosi

The assistance was mobilised by the Barbara Nyagomo Foundation, founded and run by Zimbabwean philanthropist, Barbara Nyagomo in the UK.

“We have managed to acquire more than 100 tents for shelter from our partners in South Africa, but we don’t have transport to send the them to the victims,” said the Manchester-based Nyagomo.

“We have been charged R30,000 (about $3,000) to carry the tents from Durban to Beitbridge, then from Beitbridge to the affected areas it will be an average of $1,200,” she added.

According to Jabulani Charlie, Operations Director of the Zimbabwe Muslim Youth Foundation, there is still much assistance required for victims of the Tokwe Mukosi disaster in Masvingo.

This includes tents to cover 2,114 families, water tablets, 99,360 blankets 9,375 mosquito nets, food and sanitary wear. BNF also assists disadvantaged communities in Tsholotsho.

“Generally, people need basics like food, clothes, sanitary pads, water, medication, pots, utensils, toiletries, water tablets, water purifier, toilets, blankets and bags to pack the little they still have,” said Nyagomo.

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