United Nations Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bekele-Thomas has pledged more than R20 million towards the country’s economic growth. Bekele-Thomas says the money will also be used to revive businesses that were affected during July’s unrest in KwaZulu-Natal.

The United Nations and the KwaZulu-Natal government have signed a memorandum of understanding in Durban. Over 350 were killed in widespread looting and violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Bekele-Thomas says R7-million will be directed to efforts to rebuild social cohesion.

“We are committing more than R20 million as a catalytic to support the implementation of this programme. This includes R10 million to support education programmes because the future is what we have to work on. R7 million is for social cohesion, dialogues and R2 million to support GBV factors in the province,” says  Bekele-Thomas.

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