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How to assist the victims of xenophobic violence in Cape Town

by Martin Pollack
on 26 May 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

"The work of the City of Cape Town's emergency call centres is being hampered by the large number of calls from well-meaning residents who want to provide assistance in some or other form to the victims of xenophobic violence," said Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head of the Disaster Risk Management Centre.

To report incidents of xenophobic violence, please contact 10 111 or your local police station. To report any life-threatening emergencies, you can call 107 or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone. These numbers must only be used for these purposes.

Members of the public who would like to contribute to disaster relief operations can make a donation to the Relief Fund set up by the City or contact one of the City's disaster relief NGO partners.

Donations to the City's Disaster Relief Fund can be made as follows:

Bank: ABSA
Name: City of Cape Town
Account number: 4056 584 569
Type of account: Current account
Branch code: 631 609
Branch: Public Sector, Western Cape
Reference Number: 1901 000 12

The NGOs listed below work closely with the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape: Social Development Department. These organisations have well-established, transparent processes in place to distribute relief effectively and efficiently in affected communities, and their relief efforts are monitored by both the City and Province. Details are available on the City's website at: http://www.capetown.gov.za/disaster. Click on Disaster Relief Partners.

The organisations certified by the City for this purpose are:

HDI Support
Address: 7 Transvaal Str, Paarden Island
Tel: 021 511 4153
Contact: Mr Andre Olivier
Cell: 082 935 3353

Mustadafin Foundation
Address: No 18 Belgravia Rd, Athlone
Tel: 021 633 0010
Fax 021 633 0057
Contact: Ebrahim Smith
Cell: 083 953 3231

The Salvation Army (Western Cape Division)
Address: No 85 Maynard Rd, Wynberg
Tel: 021 761 8530
Contact: Carolyn Correia/Neville Hitchcock

The South African Red Cross Society, Western Cape
Address: 21 Broad Rd, Wynberg
Tel: 021 797 5360
Contact: Michael Jacobs/Brian Davis

South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF)
Address: 22 Cornflower Street, Bridgetown
Tel: 021 638 5108
Contact: Abduragmaan George


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