The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs urges communities to continue to heed the weather warning that has been issued for heavy rains that are expected to affect large parts of the province.
Disaster Management teams have responded to an incident in Pietermaritzburg where an 8 year old child has drowned. Details of this incident are still being investigated.
The department wishes to convey condolences to the affected family.
The Department is urging all communities to ensure that they continue to take extreme caution as these rains continue and ensure that children are kept safe and also educated about dangers of water.
The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has downgraded the South- Western parts of the province to alert level 2 with the north also downgraded to level 4.
The rain is continuing and there have been minor incidents that are reported and our disaster management teams are on the ground attending these incidents.
There are also reports on electricity faults and the Eskom teams are on the ground attending this as and when they are reported.
We are urging everyone to avoid unnecessary travel and to stay away from the large bodies of water.
Issued by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sihle Zikalala.