Leading South African Mechanical Rights collection agency, CAPASSO heeded the call to help rebuild KwaZulu-Natal.
In April 2022, heavy rains that fell in KwaZulu-Natal led to floods where a national state of disaster was declared.
The fatal floods claimed the lives of at least 435 people, many still missing, over 7500 people are currently living in shelters and more than 17 000 homes were destroyed due to the destruction that the floods left.
Weeks later, the effects of the floods still echo in the province and South Africans have been called on by the government to assist those in need as the damages have been estimated to about R17 billion.
On 13 June 2022, CAPASSO alongside Ukhozi FM and EThekwini Disaster Management visited one of the hardest hit areas, Tshelimnyama, Marian Hill in Durban, KZN where over 500 residents in the area needed assistance.
The infrastructure from buildings to roads, electricity supply and water are destroyed and some relief is desperately needed.
CAPASSO donated over R100 000 worth of food packages valued at R600 to 200 families who were selected by Ward 15 Councillor, Mr Thembelani Shezi.
The handover took place at Kwacutswayo Primary School and we were accompanied by some of South Africa’s top music creators including:
Thinah Zungu, Jumbo, Thobekile, Slenda Da Dancing DJ, Joocy, Sizwe Mdlalose, Emza, Simphiwe Khumalo, Phindy P. They all took their time to assist in handing over the food parcels and encourage the community of Tshelimnyama for the whole day.
CAPASSO CEO, Jotam Matariro said:
“After two years of a devastating COVID19 pandemic, we were all expecting an esther holiday full of happy memories as we remembered those that had departed due to the pandemic and celebrating the grace of having survived it at the same time.
This was not to be as a lot more lives were lost in a week of a devastating natural disaster.
This was a shock to all of us at CAPASSO and we saw it fit to contribute in a small way and to bring a smile to the victims of the floods.
“With the collaboration of Ukhozi FM and Ethekwini Disaster management we identified through the ward councilor 0ver 500 families that needed help in Tshelimnyama.
We were able to assist 200 families with food parcels. We would not have been able to do this without our rightsholder community comprising music composers and publishers.
We hope this small gesture will go a long way in encouraging corporate South Africa to continue to come forward and assist these families in the entire province. ”
We would also like to encourage our members who are composers and publishers to make use of our Relief Fund that we had set up last year to assist our members who needed relief during lock down. CAPASSO had set aside R2 Million to assist our members, some benefited but we call on more members to apply for the relief fund.
The application for the CAPASSO Relief Fund can be done on our website: www.capasso.co.za where the team will then be able to verify if you are a member of the organization and once approved you will receive the relief fund pay-out.