Press Release

The United Nations in South Africa affirms support to the rebuilding of the KwaZulu Natal province following recent unrest.

29 July 2021

  • One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the establishment of a task team between the UN and the Premier’s office including civil society organizations, who are expected to meet monthly, to assess progress made on rebuilding the province in line with the outcomes set out in the District Development Model.
Caption: UN visits KwaZulu-Natal Province after the unrest
Photo: © UN South Africa

Durban, South Africa – The Resident Coordinator of the UN in South Africa, Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, affirmed the UN’s support and commitment to the rebuilding of the communities affected by the violent unrest in the KwaZulu-Natal Province earlier this month. This comes as the UN delegation is currently in the province to assess the impact of the unrest that left more than 300 people dead and many more displaced, vulnerable and unemployed.

“Our support to KwaZulu Natal is unconditional and we are going to work with you in an emergency mode not just for the immediate needs but for the medium and long-term which is now an emergency,” Ms. Bekele-Thomas told KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala and the members of his Executive Provincial Council during a meeting earlier this afternoon.

One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the establishment of a task team between the UN and the Premier’s office including civil society organizations, who are expected to meet monthly, to assess progress made on rebuilding the province in line with the outcomes set out in the District Development Model.

The UN delegation will embark on a visit to the affected communities on Friday, 30 July 2021.

For interviews and media enquiries, kindly contact:

For interviews and media enquiries, please contact Zeenat Abdool, UN South Africa - Associate Public Information Officer, at abdool@un.org or 0827788080

The United Nations in South Africa affirms support to the rebuilding of the KwaZulu Natal province following recent unrest.

Zeenat Abdool

Zeenat Abdool

UNIC
Communications Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
ILO
International Labor Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
OHCHR
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
WFP
World Food Programme
WHO
World Health Organization