Winter warmth campaign launched

Mayor James Nxumalo assists the poor and elderly

Blanket drives in winter help those in need

Mayor James Nxumalo, who handed out much needed items to poor communities in eThekwini, said the purpose of the campaign hosted conjunction with the Al Imdaad Foundation, is to assist the citizens of eThekwini, particularly the elderly to stay warm during the cold winter season and to assist those that are vulnerable.

“We decided to launch this campaign here at KwaNgcolosi area because our government prioritises rural development and we are also committed to assisting poor people and those that are vulnerable with anything that we can. We have more than doubled the number of beneficiaries from last year’s campaign, last year we donated more than 2 000 blankets and that number has exceeded 5 000 this year,” he said. 

The second leg of the campaign was held at the city hall for senior citizens from the central region. Distribution to other regions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. 

The campaign is part of the Mayoral Outreach Programme and Operation Sukuma Sakhe, which seeks to intervene in assisting the needy communities.

Nxumalo further went on to mention that “although we may not reach all of our needy citizens, the distribution of these blankets and wheelchairs will go a long way in alleviating the dire situation faced by vulnerable citizens. This cannot have been achieved without the help of our sponsors and partners, particularly the Al Imdaad Foundation.” 

For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail Issued by the eThekwini Municipality Communications Unit contact Sifiso Xulu on 031 311 0700 or 082 411 6676 or e-mail 




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