2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


RESPONSE TO NATIONAL RELIEF FUND

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY NELSON RAMODIKE
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR NORTHERN PROVINCE

While the establishment of a National Emergency Relief Fund for speeding up the allocation of funds in areas devastated by floods, is welcomed, the UDM expresses concern over the delay in the establishment of the Fund.

The Minister of Provincial and Local Government established the Fund weeks after Government took a decision on the alleviation of the disaster in the affected areas or provinces. It becomes clear, therefore, that the Minister delayed in implementing the Cabinetís decision.

It is generally know that Government institutions were long directed to identify the affected areas and the extent of the damage caused by the floods. It is therefore irreconcilable to note that the trustees will be visiting the affected areas to establish which areas should receive assistance. One would expect that the Minister or his Department would by now have the information and would have already identified priorities in these areas.

The UDM cannot agree more with Mr Bertie van Zyl of 332 Tomato King, in the Northern Province, the Government must provide money to institutions to again give to farmers to prevent job losses. It is common knowledge that there is already a very high rate of unemployment in the Country and in particular in the Northern Province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal that are the provinces most affected by these floods.

Enquiries:

Nelson Ramodike

15 March 2001