Heavy rains claim 32 lives

The recent wet weather has also wreaked havoc on infrastructure, houses and roads.

The streets of Bela-Bela flooded after a dam burst its banks. Picture: via twitter @Amshimmymadala

JOHANNESBURG - Government has confirmed 32 people have died as a result of heavy rain and flooding in five provinces in just the last two weeks.

Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, the North West and KwaZulu-Natal have been lashed by downpours this month, which has wreaked havoc on infrastructure, houses and roads.

The Tshwane government will be stretched to the limit as it tries to collect R800 million to repair houses in the city's townships and over R124 million more to repair roads and infrastructure.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says they are working with departments from other cities as well as national government to help them raise the funds.

He added that in addition to the storms that lashed the country last year, the recent wet weather has damaged almost 45,000 houses in the city, with a total of 179, 000 people affected.

Ramokgopa added the city would financially support the families of three boys from Mamelodi East whose bodies were discovered at the weekend.

Neo Setlhabane, Gomolemo Mangena and Bonolo Malemela, aged between nine and 10, were reportedly last seen playing at the Moretele River a week ago.

More rain is expected in parts of Gauteng, the Free State and the North West from today.

But the Weather Service's William Msimanga said the rain won't be as heavy as it has been over the last two weeks.

In Sandton, Coleraine Drive had to be closed off after a three metre deep sinkhole developed there.

Coleraine Drive in Bryanston collapsed due to heavy rains on 11 March 2014. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.