Tshwane: 45,000 homes damaged by rain

The Tshwane mayor says the city will try to collect R800 million to repair the houses.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says the city will try to collect R800 million to repair rain-damaged houses. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane says the recent wet weather has damaged almost 45,000 homes in the municipality, with a total of 179,000 people affected.

Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa also says the city will need to raise more than R1 billion to repair houses roads and infrastructure that were damaged by storms.

Government says emergency services and the Defence Force will remain on standby, with more rain forecast for large parts of the country this week.

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

The intersection of Rabie and John Vorster Drive. Picture: via Twitter @sinful_allure

Ramokgopa says they are working with provincial and national government to help them raise the funds.

"In response to that disaster we went to council because we don't have R800 million."

He also said the city will financially support the families of three boys from Mamelodi whose bodies were discovered on the weekend after they disappeared last Monday.

Emergency services and community members search for the missing Mamelodi children on 12 March 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

The Cooperative Governance Department has confirmed 32 people died as a result of the floods.

Meanwhile, Tshwane's health department warned of the possibility of an outbreak of waterborne diseases after two weeks of heavy rains.

Gauteng has been lashed by persistent downpours this month, which have wreaked havoc on infrastructure, houses and roads.

Major roads around Gauteng have been damaged by severe rains since the beginning of March. Picture: iWitness

Ramokgopa said officials are visiting schools in the city to educate pupils on how to prevent getting diseases such as cholera, hepatitis and tuberculosis.

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