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SAfrica TV station raises nearly $100K for Haiti

SAfrica TV station raises nearly $100K for Haiti

South Africans pledged nearly $100,000 to help Haiti's earthquake survivors during a telethon hosted by the state broadcaster Thursday.
Anchors on SABC's "Morning Live" news and public affairs program wore the yellow and green shirts of the national football team with the slogan "help rebuild Haiti."
Celebrities in the same shirts answered phones behind the anchors during the two-hour morning program, taking pledges from around the country.
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the broadcaster was still tallying pledges made over cell phone text messages and by bank transfer to a special account set up for donations.
Among the donors were members of a golf club in southeastern South Africa who raised 15,900 rand (more than $2,000) with an auction the night before the telethon, then challenged other clubs across the country to match their gift.
Officials from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a vineyard owner from the Cape Town area also made pledges and challenged others to donate during the telethon.
Susan van der Merwe, deputy minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, took calls at SABC headquarters. She says her department will work with SABC to ensure the donations reach the needy in Haiti.
"The catastrophe in Haiti is beyond our imagination," van der Merwe said.
The South African government has already donated 1 million rand (more than $130,000) to the Haitian relief effort. Van der Merwe said plans were under way for another million-rand government donation.


Updated : 2021-05-08 18:09 GMT+08:00