Families left destitute by a recent hail storm in Ganyesa, outside Vryburg, received blankets and food parcels as part of relief efforts while other measures are taken to help them back on their feet.
The area was hit hard by a storm that swept across the region early last month, leaving a trail of destruction.
The department of social development last week distributed food parcels and blankets to 19 families that were severely affected and had found temporary shelter at Tlapeng tribal hall.
Department spokesperson Vuyisile Ngesi said: "The 19 families are those severely affected by the storm and we hope that this gesture will bring some relief to them."
He added that social workers from the department had already completed the home circumstance report and the affected households were being linked to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).
"Most of the people here are in distress and, as government, we are doing all we can to help them cope and rebuild their lives again," he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Maitseo Mokgoro, 44, a mother of five, expressed gratitude for receiving the food and blankets.
"We thank God that no one was hurt when our house fell and this is a second hail disaster we have suffered since 1994.We appreciate what the government is doing because the storm left us in a very bad space," she said.
Social development MEC Mositsanagape Mokhomele-Mothibi told Ganyesa residents government would always extend a helping hand to the needy.