Daimler Truck Southern Africa to aid KwaZulu-Natal affected communities
From left to right: Ziyad Gaba Vice President: Customer Service, Parts and Downstream, Fahim Bhayat Project Manager of Gift of the Givers Foundation, Michael Dietz President and CEO of Daimler Truck Southern Africa, and Tapiwa Marima Community Liaison Officer at Gift of the Givers Foundation.
  • Daimler Truck Southern Africa joins companies across the country in pledging donations to assist relief efforts in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Daimler Truck Southern Africa hands over a cheque valued at R500 000 to Gift of the Givers Foundation to ramp up support for most impacted communities by the recent floods
  • The donation will go toward immediate humanitarian relief in the form of food, blankets, and bed mattresses

Against the backdrop of the recent catastrophic flash floods in KwaZulu - Natal, on 27 May 2022, Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) handed over a cheque to the value of R500 000 to the Gift of the Givers Foundation. The donation will go toward immediate humanitarian relief in the form of food, blankets, and bed mattresses to accelerate on-the-ground support for the severely affected communities. The strong partnership between DTSA and Gift of the Givers Foundation once again demonstrates the significant value of community upliftment, providing support, and being the beacon of hope to those who need it most.

Badr Kazi, Director Gift of the Givers Foundation had this to say about the donation received: “Thousands of lives have been shattered by current and recent storms in KwaZulu-Natal creating a swath of destruction to homes and infrastructure. As Gift of the Givers Foundation, we would like to extend the depth of our appreciation to DTSA for their unending support when communities are most vulnerable. The monetary donation received will go toward humanitarian relief in the form of food, blankets, and bed mattresses. This donation provides communities in extremely dire situation some relief, but more importantly, it also shows that corporates operating in South Africa care and are with them in spirit and deed. Our deepest gratitude is conveyed to the DTSA family from each person that will be touched by your donation”. 

Michael Dietz, President and CEO Daimler Truck Southern Africa comments on the company’s contribution: “I am particularly pleased to be a part of an organisation that plays a vital role in supporting humanitarian causes such as this. This initiative illustrates what we stand for as a company and further aligns with our ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate. Our partnership with the Gift of the Givers Foundation continues to grow from strength to strength and to date, DTSA has contributed R1 million to their ongoing national disaster relief initiatives. We hope our contribution brings some relief to the flood victims and I look forward to seeing the communities begin the long process of rebuilding their lives, recover and flourish in the future”.  

The Gift of the Givers Foundation is the largest disaster response, non-governmental organisation of African origin on the African continent. Since its inception in 1992, the organisation has been responsible for the delivery of life-saving goods and on-the-ground support for innumerable people, collectively valued at some R3.8 billion, in more than 45 countries across the globe, including South Africa. The foundation restores the hope and dignity of the most vulnerable in their time of need, rebuilding prosperous communities and empowering leaders of tomorrow.

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