DURBAN - Security company Mobi-Claw 911 has made a plea for food donations for search and rescue teams based at Virginia Airport who continue looking for people who went missing in last month’s floods after their supply of sponsored food ran out earlier this week.
Mobi-Claw 911 spokesperson Mike Myers said the company’s management visited the search and rescue base at the airport and noted that the sponsored food and beverages came to an end on Monday.
Myers said these search and rescue members include SAPS, metro police, SANDF (army, air force, navy) and volunteer workers.
“They are doing an amazing job and we would like to see their efforts rewarded with the right sustenance to keep them in good health and spirits during this vital service.
“Our plea is to the private sector, especially those in the food and beverage supply chain and hospitality sector,” he said.
Daily requirements include:
1. Decent coffee, drinks such as Energade and Powerade and chocolate bars for about 120 people.
2. A light meal for about 120 people.
3. Sandwiches, energy drinks and chocolate bars for the chopper pilots and personnel flying the rescue missions. About 40 people.
Myers said there is electricity available at the airport for companies that may want to set up a coffee stand under a gazebo.
“All donations are being managed by Brenda’s Angels NPC, who can issue section 18 certificates to those companies making donations,” he said.
Lauren Isaacs is the contact person for any donations that will be made to Virginia Airport for the search and rescue members and she can be reached at 073 609 7613.
In an update on the response to the recent floods in the province yesterday, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala said that to date the search and rescue teams have attended to 542 calls and recovered 62 bodies and rescued 164 people.
Zikalala said there are 63 reported bodies still unaccounted for or missing.
“Sadly, 435 people lost their lives and to date 63 are still reported missing,” he said.