The Zimbabwean community living in Cape Town, together with the Consulate, have stepped up with the first consignment of donations meant to assist thousands of villagers who were affected by the deadly cyclone Idai in the eastern parts of the country.
Over 300 people were killed while thousands were left homeless and displaced by heavy storms which left Chimanimani area devastated – in what has become to be Zimbabwe’s worst natural disaster ever.
The donations which included clothes, blankets, shoes, groceries, pampers , sanitary pads and other household items have been couriered to Zimbabwe for free courtesy of Chihwa Tours – a Zimbabwean bus company plying the Cape Town – Harare route.
Zimbabwe’s Consular General Bonface Mugobogobo witnessed the sending of the first batch of donations and commended the the Zimbabwean community for coming together in times of crisis.
“We are indeed humbled and encouraged by the overwhelming response we have received from the Zimbabweans in Cape Town and some locals who contributed donations towards the people who were affected by cyclone Idai.”
“We are still receiving more donations and we will be sending another consignment soon,” Mugobogobo added.
The consignment will be received and distributed by the Civil Protection Unity who are on the ground in the affected areas.
Moved by the loss of life, injuries and damage to infrastructure caused by Cyclone Idai, Zimbabweans living in South Africa’s coastal city head the call to help with Frank Mushakavanhu of Funeral Direct fronting the mobilising team which included, Gibson Karimakuyenda, Wilie Hussein wasila, Linda Manyarara and Stewart Mugabe of Bra Stu Driving School.
Cyclone Idai has killed at least 732 in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi people and displaced thousands, according to the United Nations.