The Malawian Engineers in South Africa Forum have donated K1 million towards relief efforts following devastating floods that have hit the country.
Their donation, composed of cash, blankets, duvets and clothes valued at over K1 million (about $2 000) was made through the Malawi High Commission in Pretoria on Saturday.
Mike Mshali, representing the group of the engineers during the handover ceremony at the Malawi High Commission, said the Malawian engineers thought it wise to respond to the call for assistance back home as part of their social responsibility.
“Following the natural disaster that our country, Malawi has recently experienced and in response to the call from [President Peter Mutharika] for assistance with relief items including shelter, clothes and food, the forum mobilised donations amongst fellow engineers which has culminated into this delivery today,” said Mshali.
The forum further pledged their total support in all stages of the disaster management phases including recovery and reconstruction of infrastructure.
Mshali also used the opportunity to urge fellow Malawians as well as the donor community to continue assisting the flood victims.
He was accompanied by fellow Malawian engineers, Tiwone Mdina, Frank Ziba, Sam Gondwe, Emmanuel Kadyankhundi, Langlet Kaunda, Alex Msuku, James Mapunda, Henry Botha and Phaskani Msiska of Cifu Investment.
The forum is composed of over 20 Malawian engineers.
–Umodzi Group donation–
Another group that has also made a similar donation is Umodzi Group made of Malawian women based in Pretoria East.
The group made their donation of blankets, tinned fish, clothes as well as nutritious food supplements to the High Commission on Monday.
Their donation was presented to the High Commission by the Chairperson of the grouping, Grace Chirwa and her colleague Mrs. Matilda Chikuse Chirwa.
In remarks, the Malawi High Commissioner to SA, Stella Ndau commended the groups for coming out to assist fellow Malawians who are in great need of such assistance and assured the grouping that the donation will be channeled to the rightful beneficiaries in Malawi.
These donations follow numerous initiatives Malawians based across South Africa are continuously doing as a way of mobilising relief support towards flood victims in Malawi under the auspices of the Malawi Floods Task Team in collaboration with the Malawi High Commission and the Malawi Consulate General.
–Song for floods victims–
Meanwhile, another group of Malawian musicians from Mamelodi CCAP Church, Alex Chungah and Wonder Chitonya have released a single entitled Tetezani Malawi and features Memory Phiri from Zambia.
The track is undergoing final touches at JB Productions, a studio in Pretoria and will be available within the week in CDs as well as online downloading and its proceeds will go towards relief efforts in Malawi.