Heaviest rain in Gauteng for 14 years

The last time Gauteng experienced such rainfall during March was 14 years ago.

The last time Gauteng experienced such rainfall during March was 14 years ago. Picture: Michel Bega/The Citizen.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service says it has been 14 years since Gauteng last experienced this much rainfall during the month of March.

It says the downpours at this time of the year are not uncommon but what is unusual is the large amount experienced this year.

Rain has been falling for a second week, wreaking havoc across the province, with many people in low-lying areas forced to flee their homes.

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Some roads and bridges in areas including Centurion remain closed due to flooding.

The weather service's Hanelee Doubell said, "On Friday morning Centurion exceeded its average rainfall for March by 127 percent. It received 120 percent more than the whole of March."


Residents of Kliptown in Soweto have accused authorities of ignoring their plea for help as they continue to battle floods.

The community claims no one from the city's disaster management team has visited the area since the arrival of torrential rains.

The city emergency management says its resources are stretched and has only been able to assist some communities.

More than 10 households from Kliptown told Eyewitness News all their belongings have been damaged by floods and their lives have been disrupted since the rainy weather started.

Residents have pleaded with authorities to relocate them with their shacks as the area is not habitable.

A heavily pregnant woman says she lost all her belongings in the floods.

"There's too much raining. The rain came into my house and ruined everything, even my groceries."

Most roads in the area remain blocked as torrential rains continue.