Media Statements

Minister Dlamini Zuma to Visit Areas Affected by Floods Around Gauteng

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) , Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will be accompanied by the MEC for COGTA in Gauteng, Mr Lebogang Maile on a visit some of the areas devastated by current persistent rain and floods in Tshwane

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) is coordinating multi-disciplinary interventions through the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) to respond to the devastation caused by the current persistent rain and resultant floods in Gauteng, the North West Province, Mpumalanga and some parts of Limpopo. At this point Gauteng is the hardest hit with incidents that have required people to be evacuated from buildings and some relocated in community halls and churches.

The NDMC is monitoring the situation at national level and has activated the national rapid response committee to coordinate multi-disciplinary rescue interventions and relief efforts through the departments such as Social Development and Health. The national rapid response committee receives regular status reports from Provincial Disaster Management Centres, which are used to guide interventions on the ground. The committee also also receives in-depth forecast from the South African Weather Service for improved planning and implementation of Disaster Reduction Strategies.

The Minister CoGTA, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has noted the rapid response by various disaster management teams at all spheres of government and expressed satisfaction on their swift reaction and current reports of no loss of life.

In the meantime, communities are encourages South Africans to listen to the alerts and tips about severe weather conditions that the authorities and other sources provide through media and other sources. “I urge you all to listen to the radio and consistently seek alerts issued by your local municipalities as this is crucial in avoiding areas that are unsafe and also getting information on where you can get assistance in case you get stranded” said Minister Dlamini Zuma

Members of the media are invited to join the Minister as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Time: 11:00
Venue: Nellmapius Community Hall, 201 Lesedi Street, Nellmapius, Pretoria (Meeting Point)

Mlungisi Mtshali
Cell: 082 088 5060
Issued by the Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs