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eThekwini Municipality says burial assistance of R15 000 to be provided for flood victims

EThekwini Municipality said families would need to meet the criteria set and provide the relevant documents to receive the R15 000 burial assistance.

Police search and rescue team search for two people reported missing at an informal settlement in Reservoir Hills, Durban on Monday following the recent floods. Picture: Doctor NgcoboAfrican News Agency (ANA)

Published Apr 20, 2022

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DURBAN - EThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has said the city will provide burial support to families who lost loved ones in the recent floods.

Municipal spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said the support was made possible through a generous donation from the Motsepe Foundation.

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Kaunda said families also have the option of the benefit being paid directly to a funeral parlour.

The mayor said in an announcement on Tuesday that each family will receive R15 000 to assist with burial costs for each of their family members who passed away.

“We are grateful to the Motsepe Foundation for their support. It will ensure that families bury their loved ones with dignity,” said Kaunda.

The city said the funeral parlour needs to be a legally registered company that is tax compliant with a business bank account.

To receive assistance, the following documents will be required:

1. Letter from the ward councillor stating that he/she has made an assessment to ascertain financial need.

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2. Death certificate of the deceased.

3. ID copy of the beneficiary.

4. Bank statement/ bank confirmation letter of the beneficiary’s bank account.

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5. Letter of Authority to be obtained from the Master’s Office.

All documents should be submitted to Amahle Khumalo or Andile Shange based on the 2nd floor, City Hall Building. For more information contact 031 322 8200.

“The Municipality is also working with the Department of Homes Affairs to establish makeshift offices in various parts of the city to assist families to apply for ID documents and death certificates,” said Mayisela.

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