KZN declared disaster area

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has declared the province a disaster area. “We must also indicate that the executive council will submit an application to national government for classification and declaration of a disaster as a provincial disaster in terms of the section 41 of the Disaster Management Act, since it affects more than one district,” said Premier Mchunu. The declaration of a disaster area paves the way for Provincial Treasury to reprioritise the provincial budget and redirect funds towards the rebuilding of the … [Read more...]

Port of Durban operations recovering

Marine operations at the Port of Durban have partially resumed following disruptions caused by inclement weather experienced this week. On Wednesday at 6:30pm, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) declared 80% of the navigable area of the port safe for marine operations. “We are extremely appreciative of the excellent collaboration between TNPA and various stakeholders who acted quickly and efficiently to partially restore normality at the port. Our immediate focus is to continue with the implementation of the recovery … [Read more...]

KZN storm death toll: 8

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government says eight reported deaths have now been confirmed following the thunderstorms that hit the province on Tuesday. The provincial Departments of Health and Human Settlements on Wednesday held a media briefing on the impact of the mega-storm. According to the provincial government, there are still reports of missing people and further casualties cannot be ruled out at this stage. In Nquthu municipality, two deaths have been reported, including an eight-year-old child, who was struck by lightning. A … [Read more...]

KZN disaster teams assist flood hit areas

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is coordinating relief efforts amid the worst storm that hit many parts of the province. The storm, which hit the province on Tuesday morning, caused major damage to hospitals, factories, homes and other key infrastructure. According to a Cogta report, the storm caused power outages in various areas, with two deaths reported. Many residential areas, including businesses, especially in eThekwini Metro, reported flash flooding. Most areas in eThekwini … [Read more...]