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Dineo: SA bracing itself for devastation, says Cogta dept

The Basic Education Department has confirmed that some schools in Limpopo and Mpumalanga have been closed to ensure learner safety.

Moderate winds and looming storm clouds haven't deterred anyone living in the Vhembe area in northern Limpopo from going about their daily lives. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Cooperative Governance Department says South Africa is bracing itself for devastation as tropical storm Dineo brings heavy rains to parts of the country.

At least seven deaths have been reported after severe storms and strong winds ripped through Mozambique this week.

More than a 130,000 people have lost their homes.

Torrential rains from this system have from Friday morning started affecting the north-eastern parts of South Africa.

The Basic Education Department has confirmed that some schools in Limpopo and Mpumalanga have been closed to ensure learner safety.

Head of National Disaster Management Mmaphaka Tau says officials have worked out a national contingency plan.

“In the event that we have flooding or damage to infrastructure, what assistance can be provided? Furthermore, we agreed the plan should not be a wait and see.”

Tau says urgent action must be taken.

“We should immediately alert our officials and mobilise stakeholders to engage local people about the issue, raise awareness about the impending occurrence and also advising them of necessary safety tips that they need to comply with.”

WATCH: Cyclone Dineo destroys popular Guinjata Dive Centre

While Dineo has been downgraded from a category four tropical cyclone to a tropical depression, it still poses great danger.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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