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South African Celebrities are Donating Their Money to Help Flood Victims

As the situation in KwaZulu-Natal province worsens, South African celebrities are putting their money where their mouths are.

As of yesterday, the devastating floods in the South African coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) increased the death toll to 32. Hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes and lost their life's possessions. To make things worse, weather forecasts predict that even more heavy rainfall is still to come this week.


The scale of destruction in KZN is unimaginable and visuals of houses and schools collapsing, bodies being retrieved from underneath rubble and raging waters are devastating. However, South Africans from all over the country are banding together and mobilizing essentials for the flood victims and ensuring that they're sent to where they're needed.

Whilst South African celebrities get a lot of flack for not being involved in other important aspects of the country outside of entertainment, surprisingly, they're leading the pack in this case.

According to the DailySun, artist Prince Kaybee has reportedly donated R150 000 (10 000 USD) to the families affected in an area of KZN known as Umlazi. He also called on others to join him in rebuilding Umlazi.

Embattled musician Mampintsha who has been hogging South African news headlines after he allegedly assaulted gqom artist Babes Wodumo, also said that he'd be donating to Umlazi, his hometown. Babes Wodumo herself called South Africans to action, including the government, asking everyone to unite and help those affected by the floods.


Rapper AKA seemed conflicted as he tweeted that although he genuinely wants to help, he doesn't know whether to do it privately or publicly as people always find fault with him either way. Television personality and media mogul Bonang Matheba also took to Twitter to ask how exactly she could be of help.





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