R200 Million Set Aside For KZN Tertiary Institutions Affected By Floods

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The government has set aside around R200 million for all the tertiary institutions affected by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal. 


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Floods in regions of KwaZulu-Natal have caused damage to community housing, businesses and education institutions. Many lost their lives with the latest death toll amounting to over 400. 

Tertiary institutions were also affected by the floods and the government has began taking measures to provide relief to these institutions and the surrounding communities. 

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande announced that the Department of Higher Education and Training would be setting aside an amount of R200 million for tertiary institutions affected by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The department had taken the decision to re-prioritise this money as part of emergency undertakings for unforeseen situations.  

Tertiary institutions including universities, TVET colleges and Community Education and Training centres will be receiving financial assistance where they may need it to repair damages. 

The Department's Director General Dr Nkosinathi Sishi spoke to SAfm explaining that the department has began to work with the communities who have been affected by the floods to assess the damage that has taken place. 

Sishi says that these funds are the initial contribution based on the limited budget that the department is working with.

He says that all institutions which may have been affected by the floods should contact the department through its offices or infrastructure units to present the assessment of the damage to the institution.  These assessments will be evaluated by a team of experts so that funds may be allocated to repair damages.  

"We hope and believe that it will assist, but we are still calling on the private sector and any other good samaritan out there to do their part," Sishi said. 

 

 

 


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