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15 Jan 2017 description

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) carried out an emergency response to water shortage in cooperation with Damascus Water supply Authority and ICRC.

11 Nov 2016 description

Flash floods in Johannesburg over the past two days have caused, havoc, panic and left many people destitute. Lifelong belongings were destroyed in a blink of an eye. Red Cross Volunteers and Staff took to the Streets of Section 19 in Alexandra and handed out clothing and toiletries donated by Land Rover South Africa to the destitute families that are housed in The Jesus is Lord Church. Red Cross thanks Land Rover South Africa for their Hope Crosses any Terrain donations.

23 Apr 2015 description


Over the past two weeks the Red Cross has provided food relief and psychosocial support for displaced persons in Ethekwini. The Red Cross is now supporting 5 Xenophobic Sites in Ethekwini and Johannesburg for approximately 8000 displaced foreign nationals.

In Durban SARCS isproviding hot meals at all sites, clothing, blankets, psychosocial support and telephonic services for the vulnerable at all 3 camps in Westcliffe, Isipingo and Phoenix. The vulnerable from the Verulam and Greenwood park camps are being relocated to Phoenix.

05 Mar 2012 description

Durban, 05 March 2012  

Heavy rain fall has been reported in some areas of Kwa Zulu Natal causing some areas to flood and destroy infrastructure.

The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) Disaster Management team has been on the lookout and warning people around the affected areas to take precaution. The following is an update of areas which have experienced heavy rain and where SARCS teams have been deployed:

23 Feb 2012 description

Red Cross South Africa has come to the aid of flood victims in Mpumalanga. Floods and thunderstorms hit the province three weeks ago and caused damage estimated at R500 million.

National Co-ordinator Mbuso Mthembu says, "We are going to come back and train them, we are going to train them on disaster management so that because Red Cross is always coming for the first aid situation. We want them to be able to do something before anybody else come; we are also going to train them on community first aid."

15 Feb 2011 description

Pretoria, 15 February 2011

The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) will be on Flood Relief Operation Site visit to Mooinooi, Rustenburg, North West Province, where we are currently providing relief assistance on the 16th February 2011.

28 Jan 2011 description

Pretoria - The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) today launched its local emergency appeal for R10.5 million to support its Flood Relief Operation.

The funds will be used to intensify flood relief activities being carried out by SARCS in the 9 provinces of South Africa, i.e.

15 Jan 2010 description

Pretoria - The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) , a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, is today launching a R30m emergency appeal in support of international efforts to assist those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

The SARCS appeal to contribute to the Red Cross global emergency appeal, which is seeking 10 million US dollars/75 million rands, in order to deliver assistance, initially, to 20,000 families affected by the devastating earthquake.

The earthquake, which reached 7.3 on the Richter scale, has primarily affected the …

28 Feb 2009 description

Mining giant Anglo American has donated R1million Rands in aid of the Soweto flood survivors. The freak floods left 15 dead , over 3 missing and over two hundred families homeless.

- The South African Red Cross Society's Soweto branch is working hand in hand with the local disaster management team to help those affected. We are still appealing to heartfelt people to help us. As more affected people are coming forth, over 570 families have been left with demaged homes and home appliances.

20 Nov 2008 description

Innocence Lost

'An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind' -Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday 11 May 2008 dawned bright and clear in Alexandra. Few walking along its streets could envisage it would become one of the darkest days in South Africa's recent history. South Africa is seen as the economic powerhouse of Southern Africa. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are attracted by the hope of employment, political stability and education for their children.

21 May 2008 description

Johannesburg, May 21, 2008 - South Africans demonstrate their spirit of ubuntu by supporting the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) in its drive to provide emergency relief to the thousands of people affected by the recent acts of violence.

The SARCS Emergency Appeal was launched on Friday 16 May 2008, after it became evident that the numbers of affected people would continue to rise over the weekend. By 15 May 2008, the estimated number of people who had received assistance from SARCS was 3000.

20 May 2008 description

Standard Bank is donating R3 million to the victims of xenophobic violence.

Says Jacko Maree, Standard Bank CEO: 'As an organisation we strongly condemn the deplorable violence resulting from the xenophobic intolerance in South Africa at this time.

The human suffering resulting from these mindless acts affects us all and we would like to express our deepest concern and sympathy for those members of our society who have been directly affected by these events.

16 May 2008 description
    Project Title Provision of Emergency Relief to People Affected by Urban Violence
    in Gauteng
    Project Location Gauteng Province
    Project Beneficiaries South African Nationals and foreign migrants
    Project Goal Improve the living conditions of displaced locals and foreign nationals
10 Mar 2005 description

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 2,400 meters below the surface at a mining area in Stilfontein and the two towns surrounding it, namely Klerksdorp and Orkney around midday on Wednesday 9 March 2005. The epicentre of the quake is located in the North West Province; some 200 km from Johannesburg.

Some 3,200 gold miners of DRD Gold working in the mine in Stilfontein were evacuated.