Parts of Tshwane declared 'disaster areas'

The decision to classify certain areas as disaster zones was taken at a council meeting yesterday.

Large hail stones cover the ground in Mamelodi following severe thunderstorms in Gauteng on 28 November 2013. Picture: Victor Mbinga/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane has declared a "state of disaster" in several areas following the severe storms that struck Gauteng last week.

It has also allocated R100 million to assist around 45,000 households in Mamelodi and Soshanguve.

The decision to classify disaster zones was taken at a council meeting yesterday.

The city's Selby Bokaba says they've already extended a helping hand to some of those affected.

"Relief has already been provided in the form of plastic sheeting for roofs and windows. We also provided blankets, mattresses and food parcels."

Last Thursday's storm severely damaged several homes and vehicles across Gauteng.

Hail the size of tennis balls hit a number of areas, causing traffic jams and affecting flights.

Gift of the Givers has also provided aid worth R2 million to people affected by recent hailstorms and heavy rains across the country.

Meanwhile, insurance companies in Gauteng say they've received hundreds of claims from residents whose property was damaged during the storms.

The companies say the claims involve cars, windows, roofs and electrical appliances.