#SANZAF – Equipping communities against the icy weather

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 07 June 2017| 12 Ramadaan 1438

The Western Cape Disaster Management centre has been activated and the South African National Defence Force has been placed on standby as the provincial government prepares for a major cold front approaching the province. The South African Weather Service issued a severe weather warning for flash flooding, hail, and gale force winds in the Western Cape on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Luckily SANZAF saw to the needs of the underprivileged well ahead of the current #CapeStorm by means of a blanket drive. On the 16 May SANZAF held a blanket drive at the Athlone office where it appealed to the community to drop off a blanket or a donation of R150 for a blanket.The campaign is called operation winter warmth and is a project designed to see to the needs of the impoverished during the winter season. Winter essential items such as gloves, beanies and blankets are handed out to deserving members of the community. In South Africa alone, 12 million people live in extreme poverty with an estimate of 63% of young South African children living below the poverty line as of 2016.

SANZAF’s primary aim is assist individuals and families in need, through short term poverty alleviation as well as long term educational and developmental assistance in order to facilitate the achievement of financial self-sufficiency. These initiatives are only made possible with the zakaah funds donated by the generous public. For the Operation Winter Warmth campaign, SANZAF calls on the public to open their hearts to those in need  in our communities and help SANZAF to ensure that the needy are protected against the harsh elements this winter. They need our help.Together we can make a difference.

Similar initiatives will be taking place over the next few months in Durban and Gauteng. For more information on the various SANZAF Initiatives visit SANZAF’s Informative and user friendly website www.sanzaf.org.za

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