Hyundai and Motus make donation to flood victims

Hyundai and Motus donate R3-million to 'Gift of the Givers' toward flood relief

Reuben Van Niekerk
KZN floods

Hyundai Automotive South Africa and Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea have donated R1.5 million towards the relief efforts in the flood ravaged province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.


The donation was handed over to the Gift of the Givers foundation at the Hyundai Umhlanga dealership. At the same occasion, Motus made an additional donation of R1.5 million, bringing the total contribution to R3 million.


The bulk of these funds will be used to acquire materials that will be used to assist flood victims in rebuilding their homes that were damaged or washed away during the recent floods.


“The losses and suffering due to the floods in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are of a scale unseen in recent times in South Africa. There was no doubt in our minds that we had to contribute to the relief effort in the province by this donation to Gift of the Givers, which has vast experience and many successes in relief and rebuilding operations of this kind,” says Niall Lynch, CEO of Hyundai Automotive SA.


The donation to Gift of the Givers forms part of an on going collaboration between Hyundai SA and NGO’s like Gift of the Givers.


In the last two years Hyundai Automotive SA has donated five H-100 bakkies and a H-1 nine-seater bus to Gift of the Givers to assist with their efforts in alleviating the pressures created by COVID-19, which includes the distribution of food and essential items to communities that were affected by the pandemic.


“Gift of the Givers deeply values the incredible partnership with Hyundai and Motus who always rise to the challenge at the most critical times during disaster intervention. At the onset of COVID-19 we had to increase our vehicle fleet to meet the ever-demanding requests from 210 hospitals nationwide and to deploy mobile COVID-19 testing teams. Hyundai and Motus responded rapidly with the donation of three vehicles and have continued to bolster this fleet throughout the pandemic,” says Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder and head of the Gift of the Givers Foundation.