NSRI crew member Julian Singh carrying a child to safety at Montclair as the city flooded following the storm that hit it on 10 October 2017. PHOTO: Supplied / NSRI Durban.

Durban - The South African Breweries has pledged to donate R200 000 towards the process of rebuilding after Tuesday’s massive storm in Durban.

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi said SAB would be diverting R200 000 towards the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in uMlazi, where a wall collapsed, killing two people. One of the deceased was a 29-year-old mother, Sizakele Chala, who died as she desperately spared her week old babies life. 

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Tuesday’s storm claimed the lives of at least 11 people in the province.

The Al Imdaad Foundation has also pledged donations in the form of bedclothes to flood victims.

On Wednesday, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay, Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Thusi, spent the morning visiting the affected hospitals and schools in Durban.


  • The Durban Chamber of Commerce is calling for donations from the Durban business community to assist the most vulnerable communities hit by the storm.

The Chamber’s chief executive, Dumile Cele, said businesses had reported extensive damage to property and loss of productivity. This had a crippling effects on an already depressed economic environment, she said.

“While Durban businesses are working hard to stabilise their business operations after the storm, they remain committed to the vision of the Durban Chamber,  ‘in business for a better world’,” said Cele.

She said the chamber would collect any contributions from business towards those affected.

Cele said food, clothing and building supplies were desperately needed to rebuild vulnerable communities.

Please contact Yolan on [email protected] for more information and co-ordination of the initiative.  The drop off point will be:

Durban Chamber Offices

Lion Match Office Park

892 Umgeni Road

  • Independent Media in KwaZulu-Natal is also appealing to readers to donate non-perishable food and blankets for distribution to flood victims. You can drop off your donations at Independent Media’s KZN building:

18 Osborne Street



Meanwhile, the Rossburgh and Winkelspruit testing centres have suspended operations after the storm.

KZN Department of Transport spokesperson Mluleki Mntungwa said computers at the banking hall, learners classrooms, cabling and electricity were damaged.

Those who had bookings scheduled for Rossburgh or Winkelspruit are being diverted to the Pinetown and Verulam testing centres until further notice.