KZN Storm Damage Estimated at Over R1.3 Billion; Relief Efforts Ongoing

The Department of Home Affairs has deployed mobile offices to assist those who lost identity documents, ensuring they can apply for new ones.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Pretoria | Updated: 13-06-2024 19:19 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 19:19 IST
KZN Storm Damage Estimated at Over R1.3 Billion; Relief Efforts Ongoing
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The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Department has estimated the damage caused by last week’s heavy storms at over R1.3 billion. The eThekwini Metro alone accounts for nearly R500 million of this total. The storms, which impacted six district municipalities, resulted in significant damage to infrastructure, including approximately 20 schools, roads, bridges, community halls, and electricity systems. Additionally, over 7,000 households have been affected.

Since the storms, which claimed 12 lives, various government sectors, social partners, and private donors have been actively involved in recovery and relief efforts. The National Department of Human Settlements is delivering building materials to benefit about 674 households in eMagwaveni in uThongathi, while donors and NGOs have already started providing materials to many affected families. The Department of Home Affairs has deployed mobile offices to assist those who lost identity documents, ensuring they can apply for new ones.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has processed over 3,400 assessments for Social Relief of Distress food vouchers and has provided more than 2,000 hot meals daily since June 4th. Additionally, over 1,200 mattresses and 1,700 blankets have been distributed to those in need.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube praised the efforts of government departments, public entities, and social partners in supporting the storm victims, expressing satisfaction with the services provided to affected families, even though the aim is to move them out of mass care centers as soon as possible.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Thembi Nkadimeng commended the swift and compassionate response of KwaZulu-Natal citizens. Accompanied by CoGTA MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, Nkadimeng conducted an oversight visit to assess the relief efforts in uThongathi. She highlighted the community's generosity and solidarity, emphasizing the spirit of ubuntu and expressing gratitude for their kindness and support during this challenging time.

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