In support of relief efforts after severe flooding in Mpumalanga, Vodacom has donated food and care packs to hundreds of families who have been left vulnerable in the Mbombela and Nkomazi local municipalities. The donation includes grocery hampers and toiletries, such as feminine hygiene products and facecloths.

At the handover, Zakhele Jiyane, Managing Executive for Vodacom Mpumalanga Region, said, “The recent floods have devastated communities in Mpumalanga and we want to ensure that affected families are supported during this time. In addition to making sure that we repair infrastructure as quickly as possible so that people in the region can stay connected, our flood relief efforts support our commitment as a company to improve the lives in the communities we serve.  As part of our Social Contract, we are using our capabilities to help the people of Mpumalanga in this time of crisis and ensure they have access to the most basic of needs.”

Over the past few weeks, large parts of South Africa have been hit by heavy rains, leaving numerous areas under water. Flooding in Mpumalanga has affected Thekwane, Elandshoek, Hazyview, and Nkomazi, which has caused extensive damage to infrastructure and even resulted in fatalities. In addition, many residents in low-lying villages situated near rivers and dams have been displaced and have lost access to basic needs such as food, clothing, and toiletries.