Source: Hindustan Times
On October 22, 2003 the Hindustan Times reported, "It's not just India that is revving up for Diwali. The festival spins joy and celebration in South Africa as well - and not just for its estimated 800,000 Hindus! The spirit of charity and goodwill that is so much a part of the festival of lights, better known in South Africa as Deepavali, cuts across communities. Besides booming business for dealers in Indian goods, fireworks, and clothing, indigent people and the aged look forward to the event when they receive food hampers and other relief from Hindu organisations."