Gauteng MEC appeals to national govt for help with storm damage

The storm left a trail of destruction in parts of the City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand.

Residents in Zandspruit clean up a day after a severe storm in the area on 9 October 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo says he is confident that national government will assist the province in picking up the pieces following this week’s storm.

The storm left a trail of destruction in parts of the City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and the West Rand.

The provincial government has announced it intends declaring some parts of the province disaster areas.

The provincial government says approximately 840 houses have been damaged by the storm, leaving 1,600 people affected and five people dead. Two schools have also been damaged.

Mamabolo says they have requested more resources from the national government.

“I’m quite confident that the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will be able to look at this matter favourably and augment the resources of the province to make sure that we prioritise the living conditions of the people and protect lives.”

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