Media Statement: Disaster Management teams on alert as KZN braces for heavy storms


KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube has placed the province’s disaster management teams on standby as inclement weather conditions are expected through the weekend.

Dube-Ncube has urged communities to exercise caution over the weekend as heavy rains coupled with hail and strong winds are expected to hit areas in the central and northern parts of the province (uMgungundlovu, uThukela, Amajuba, UMzinyathi and Zululand).

The department has sensitised municipalities to oncoming risks and measures are in place to deal with any eventuality.

“We urge residents not to take unnecessary risks like crossing rivers or swollen streams where water is above their ankles. Motorists we urge to drive slowly as roads are slippery and if they are trapped with their vehicle in rising water, they should abandon it and immediately seek higher ground,” continued Dube-Ncube.

Residents are urged to follow news reports on radio and television for updates on the situation across the province.

For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Msawakhe Mayisela, 060 966 4220

Date: 24 November 2017