This afternoon representatives from government, NGOs, faith-based organisations and other action groups attended a meeting chaired by the KZN MEC for Housing, Mike Mabuyakulu, along with the MECs for Safety & Security and Social Development. Attendees reported to us that the mood was positive and Provincial government appears to have a clear plan of action in place. Most importantly, they will be sending a delegation to visit ten of the sites around Durban tomorrow (5 June) to do a needs analysis, and will be providing urgent food supplies. We will be keeping tabs on how quickly and how well the promises are met, but at this stage there is every indication that Provincial government is moving on this.
On the downside, Cyril at Red Cross has reported that police stations and churches now appear to be turning away new arrivals. Most are filled to capacity and do not have the resources to take on more refugees. This makes it all the more urgent that eThekwini municipality get into action to provide at least adequate temporary shelter until provincial safe camps can be set up. We will continue to contact councillors and City officials to ensure that the City meets its responsibilities to all its residents.