Gauteng rainy weather 'far from over'

Weather SA has also warned Gauteng motorists of possible road flooding.

New Canada road at Pennyville in Soweto was flooded following heavy rains throughout Gauteng. Picture: Michel Bega/The Citizen.

JOHANESSBURG - Weather South Africa has warned motorists of possible road flooding in places all over Gauteng today.

The relentless rain has wreaked havoc on the country's roads this week, with more potholes developing, traffic lights not working and several accidents.

The rain has also had an impact on the electricity supply, which has resulted in Eskom having to implement rolling blackouts on Thursday last week.

Eskom says wet coals hindered the energy giant to prevent power cuts.

Weather South Africa's Venetia Phakula says the rainy weather is far from over.

"We're expecting road flooding. We're also still expecting showers and thunder showers."

Meanwhile, several cases of flooding have already been reported in Gauteng and Limpopo.

On Friday over 160 families were displaced in and around Johannesburg.

In Limpopo a couple were reported missing after the Klein-Kariba Dam walls burst in Bela Bela, flooding a nearby holiday reserve.

The Human Settlements Department's Motsamai Motlhaolwa says they are providing aid for affected Gauteng families.

"We want to assure the people of Gauteng that as a department and all our emergency services, we are on high alert. Should there be any need for people to be evacuated, our people will be on standby and at the disposal of people who need assistance."

Klein Kariba holiday makers are now stranded as flooded rivers block their way to the other side. An eyewitness says the next dam wall is apparently taking strain. Picture: Gregg Kleynhans/IWN.