A number of refugee sites have been set up around Durban for foreign nationals who have been forced to move for fear of personal safety following the spate of xenophobic attacks we witnessed last week.
All of these sites are manned by security guards and SAPS with – to our knowledge – no incidents having been recorded thus far. One such refugee site is at the Westcliffe Sport Ground, in Chatsworth which is being co-ordinated by Previn Vedan who is the Troop Scouter for Chatsworth. He informed us that there are around 1 652 displaced foreign nationals at the sports ground with 72 kids below the age of 14. With the sudden upheaval in their life, these children are very disoriented, not able to go to school etc. …
The KZN Scouts will be meeting at the Westcliffe Sports Ground on Saturday at 10h00 to play our role in embracing the Scout Promise and Law to make a DIFFERENCE in these young people’s lives. The plan is to spend 2-3 hours on Saturday doing what we can by playing soccer and other appropriate fun games. We are therefore calling on Scout Groups to come with Scouts, give back and give the children a memorable day full of smiles.
We are also collecting non-perishable food ( tinned food etc.), sanitary pads, babies nappies and jackets which can either be dropped off at The KZN Scouts HQ or brought along on Saturday.
Those interested in attending please email imelda at Imelda.firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +27 (0)31 207 57 38 so we can work out numbers and co-ordinate our involvement. Directions to the sports ground will be circulated during the week.
A special thanks to the Scout Groups who started food and basic medical supply collections last week that were dropped off with the Red Cross.
KZN Regional Commissioner.