If there is one word that can be used to describe South Africans, it‘s resilient. Despite the carnage and destruction that has been taking place across the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, South Africans are banding together to help their community and rebuild from the ashes of destruction.
A number of Facebook and WhatsApp groups have been popping up over recent days, offering a platform for dedicated citizens to share their resources, advice and a helping hand reports EWN.
One of the many groups gaining traction is Rebuild SA. This Facebook group was started on Tuesday and already has 11 000 people ready to collaborate with and for their community.
“I’m a graphic designer. I’m willing to help redesign your storefronts for free. I will also pay for the printing and installation of signage. But anything from cleanup to financial aid as well! Gauteng area!” Reads one post from Natali Wolhuter.
“Hi, I’m based in Germiston. Lucky enough to have a full-time job. Would love to donate towards cleaning funds or any financial needs. If there is a donation option, please let me know,” offered Carla Verster.
It is not only online that South Africans have banded together, but residents from Birch Acres in Tembisa stood alongside Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department in an effort to protect their community from looters, reports News24.
Around one hundred residents stood in solidarity as they protected the Birch Acres Mall from looters, using their bodies as shields to barricade the front entrance of the mall.
“We are here to protect what is ours,” said community members.
As looters and rioters slowly infiltrate neighbourhoods, raiding homes in the process, communities across various parts of KZN and Gauteng have formed street communities to help against the potential threats.
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