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SA Weather Service requests R30m from Treasury

CEO Jerry Lengoasa says the funding required is a long-term investment, which will result in many lives being saved & an economy that’s resilient from disasters.

The weather service says this week’s thunderstorms have highlighted on how it needs to improve its communication with the general public. This photo shows the impact of the storm in KZN on 10 October 2017. Picture: Twitter/@ZaazyZuma

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service says it’s approached the national Treasury for R30 million in funds to improve its infrastructure.

The service says while its network was functional during this week's severe thunderstorms, its Durban radar was not operational at the time due to a system breakdown.

WATCH: KZN hit by heavy rain and flooding

The entity has given an update in Pretoria on Thursday afternoon on how it dealt with this week’s storms in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and how it plans to improve its systems.

The weather service says this week’s thunderstorms have highlighted on how it needs to improve its communication with the general public.

CEO Jerry Lengoasa says part of reaching 57 million South Africans is through partnerships with municipalities and local government.

“Sadly, of the five radar systems we required to be active, only one was fully functional. The second, which was available, had transmission faults.”

He says the funding required from Treasury is a long-term investment, which will result in many lives being saved and an economy that’s resilient from disasters.

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