This is an urgent appeal for business to enjoin the humanitarian efforts in the region following the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai. Cyclone Idai has caused heart wrenching devastation to our neighbours in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
BUSA on behalf of the entire business community in our country extends its sympathy to all those affected. Our ties with the people of the region are inseparable, we share their pain and suffering.
We are filled with tremendous pride to see the way our Government has responded on behalf of the nation to lend the much-needed support. We have been particularly touched by the various rescue and humanitarian efforts of the various South African organisations.
I am aware that many South Africans including those amongst you have responded to calls for help. We know that some relief has been provided by South African firms with operations in these countries.
This moment calls upon all of us to lend our utmost support to the humanitarian efforts currently underway, however small.
BUSA encourages its affiliate members to support these humanitarian efforts for the sake of humanity. We urge you to make financial donations, in-kind contribution as advised by the various agencies. Let us also encourage our employees to mobilise support among their colleagues. No intervention can be insignificant if it stands to save a life. Please share this message with each of your members and implore urgent and generous support and giving.
Further information on NGOs involved in relief efforts is included below.
Donations of clothing, food, water, etc. may be made to DIRCO in Pretoria, which is working with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to distribute relief items in affected areas.
Further information on how to assist can be obtained from:
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO): Companies that are able to assist are requested to contact the following officials:
+27 83 700 7946
Sipho M Pityana
PRESIDENT: BUSINESS UNITY SOUTH AFRICA (BUSA)