“The decision was taken at an urgent Solidarity Fund board meeting on April 16, where a request was tabled by national government for the fund to support the national response.
“As a result, the pillar has been established which will ring-fence the floods response activities and will operate separately from the Covid-19 fund. The National Treasury will make an initial amount available to the fund so that it is in a position to assist in implementing and augmenting certain of the government’s support measures.”
A bank account, separate from the Covid-19 pandemic response account, has been set up to receive donations. Donations can be made to:
- Solidarity Fund Floods Response Pillar bank account
- Account name: SF Floods Response
- Bank: Standard Bank Business Current Account
- Account number: 070064474
On Monday President Cyril Ramaphosa told the nation that he had met the leadership of the fund and asked that it make its capacity available to help with the emergency.
“The board has agreed to assist with humanitarian and other forms of relief in partnership with the government, the private sector and various other non-governmental and community-based organisations.,” said Ramaphosa.
While the Treasury will pay in an initial amount, it will be the fund that implements support measures for those in need.