KZN floods: here’s how you can help – or be helped

09 May 2022 17:00

A month after torrential rains wreaked havoc in KwaZulu-Natal claiming almost 400 lives, destroying hundreds of homes and leaving thousands destitute, humanitarian relief efforts continue.

The major task of rebuilding complicated. Widespread power and water outages caused by damaged infrastructure and inaccessibility due to collapsed roads hamper efforts in many communities. The need is enormous; government and relief organisations cannot go it alone. While temporary help is available from the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) including food vouchers, school uniform allowances and cash for those with deceased relatives, not everyone is able to access these funds in time and the need for grassroots support for stricken families remains huge.

If you’d like to help, or need help for yourself or someone affected, here’s a list of organisations appealing for food, clothing, stationery, building materials and financial aid:

KwaZulu-Natal provincial government

The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal has set up an account specifically for donations towards disaster relief:

KZN Floods Disaster

Bank: ABSA

Account number: 41 0383 1029

Branch Code: 632005

Gift of the Givers

International humanitarian aid organisation Gift of the Givers has an immediate need for hot meals, blankets, bottled water, warm clothes, sanitary pads and nappies. Food parcels, school uniforms and stationery will also be needed as the province rebuilds.

To make financial donations:

Gift of the Givers

Bank: Standard Bank

Account number: 052137228

Reference: KZN Floods

Send the deposit slip to for a formal acknowledgement and request a section 18A tax-deductible certificate.

Domino Foundation

The Domino Foundation, in conjunction with the KZN Disaster Response Team, have been among the first responders on the ground. The Foundation is appealing for the donation of non-perishables – tinned food, maize meals, dried beans, 2L oil and 5kg rice ­­– which may be dropped off at the Domino Foundation office located at 37 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North. Financial donations can be made to:

The Domino Foundation

Bank: First National Bank

Branch: Durban North
Branch sort code: 220426
Account number: 62070191962 Current account
Reference: name/company name + purpose

Proof of payment: Please email

The Salvation Army

Christian outreach organisation, The Salvation Army in KwaZulu-Natal, is in urgent need of warm blankets, clothing as well as food. Financial contributions can be made to:

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal

Bank: First National Bank

Branch: Braamfontein

Branch code: 251905

Account number: 50540087604

Reference: Give your name and “KZN floods” as reference.

Companies wishing to assist should contact PR secretary for the Southern African territory, Captain Velani Buthelezi on 082-994-4351.

Islamic Relief South Africa

Non-governmental organisation, Islamic Relief South Africa, has provided cooked meals, clean water, food packs, hygiene kits, blankets, and mattresses to affected areas in Durban, Pinetown, Port Shepstone, Isipingo, Umlazi, Umbumbulu, Wyebank and Pietermaritzburg. For those who wish to donate funds:

Islamic relief South Africa

Bank: Standard Bank

Account No: 005318459, Savings

Branch Code: 005205

Ref: KZNER and phone number

Abahlali baseMjondolo

Abahlali baseMjondolo, the grassroots mass movement aimed at improving the lives and living conditions of shack dwellers and the poor, is co-ordinating relief efforts for thousands of people who have been left destitute in the floods. Donations can be sent to:

Abahlali Basemjondolo Movement SA

Bank: First National Bank

Account number: 62786238230

Reference: KZN Floods Relief

Church Alliance for Social Transformation Trust (CAST)

Church Alliance for Social Transformation trust is a non-governmental organisation that has been active for 13 years. Through partner churches, CAST is raising funds to feed the communities they operate in and also provide other essentials such as blankets, clothing and hygiene products for adults and children. Donations can be made to:

CAST Trust

Bank: First National Bank

Account number: 62762010248

Branch code: 250655

Reference: Relief and your name

Hope SA 

Community service non-governmental organisation, Hope SA, is appealing for baby food, nappies, toiletries, hygiene products, clothes, blankets and non-perishable food. Goods can be dropped off in Durban at Roti & Chai branches in Florida Road or Suncoast. In Johannesburg, donations can be dropped off at the Mimmos in Midway Mews, Midrand. If you are unable to drop off the goods, call Namritha Sivsanker on 079 387 1716 and she will arrange for collection.

Hope SA Foundation

Bank: First National Bank

Account number: 62885810575

Reference: Your name and contact number

CityHope Disaster Relief

Public benefit organisation, CityHope Disaster Relief, which provides aid to communities affected by disasters, aims to support 2,000 families with blankets, mattresses, food and hygiene parcels. They are also assisting with home and school rehabilitation projects. Financial donations can be made to:

CityHope Trust

Bank: Standard Bank

Account number: 250793210

Branch code: 045726

Meals on Wheels

Non-profit organisation, Meals On Wheels, is providing cooked meals to displaced residents living temporarily in shelters in eThekwini, iLembe district as well as parts of the uMgungundlovu and Ugu districts. Donations can be made to:

Meals on Wheels Community Services SA

Bank: ABSA

Account number: 076236605

Reference: Your name/flood relief

Robin Hood Foundation

According to Jackie Psannis, co-ordinator of the Robin Hood Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in KwaZulu-Natal, there is a need for non-perishable items such as rice, sugar beans and maize as well as clothing and household items.

The six drop-off sites for donations are:

  • CGA Agencies, 235 Underwood Road, Pinetown, 031 708 1018, 8am-4pm;
  • Broadway Pharmacy, 5 Swapo Road, Durban North, 031 563 8216, 8am-7pm;
  • Wool ’n Weave, Lilies Quarter, Old Main Road, Hillcrest, 031 765 2770, 9am-4pm;
  • Dormehl Phalane Real Estate, Gillitts Centre, Clifton Road, 082 726 1956, 8.30am-4.30pm; and
  • Washwell Granada Laundry, 16 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, 083 299 4008, 7.30am-4.30pm.

Monetary donations will be used for rebuilding and relief projects, and can be made using the following banking details:

The Robin Hood Foundation

Bank: Nedbank

Branch code: 164826

Account number: 1648160948

Reference: your name/flood relief

The Angel Network

The Angel Network non-profit organisation is appealing for non-perishable food item and water. Donations can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

* Gate A at Kings Park Stadium, SA Harvest Warehouse, Jackson Road, Durban;

* St Martins Church, 12 Chelsea Drive, Durban North, and;

* Gate 3, 3 Far Lane, Mt Edgecombe.

Monetary donations will be used to rebuild homes destroyed in the floods:

The Angel Network Durban

Bank: Standard Bank

Branch code: 051001

Account number: 10145040508

Reference: Flood relief

Dokimos Ministries

Non-profit company Dokimos Ministries International, together with the ABC Forum of Churches, is working with churches in several affected areas to provide food, warm clothing and blankets as well as counselling for those left traumatised and destitute.

Monetary contributions can be sent to:

Dokimos Ministries International NPC

Bank: First National Bank

Account number: 62734534268

Reference: Your name/KZN relief

Ithemba Lethu Durban

The children’s non-governmental organisation Ithemba Lethu, based in Cato Manor, Mayville and Cato Crest in Durban, is looking for help to rebuild and support their local communities. They are appealing for donations of food, clothes, blankets and toiletries or financial aid. Donations can be made via: 
iThemba Lethu

Bank: Nedbank – Current Account
Account Number: 130 1240 958
Branch: 130 126

Please reference your donation so we can thank you & send your tax receipts/SED documents

SPCA Durban 

Thousands of pets have been left destitute and injured during the floods. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Durban, which was damaged in the floods, is appealing for blankets and pet food.

SPCA Durban

Bank: First National Bank

Account number: 62238932893