Mayor visits disaster centre

 

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga visited the metro’s disaster management centre on Friday in the wake of heavy rains.

The mayor checked on the centre’s ability to deal with heavy rains predicted for the coming weekend.

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Msimanga concluded that the centre did have the capacity required.

“We are extremely satisfied with the presentation that the centre has made and as the metro we have always been prepared to deal with any eventualities that may arise,” he said.

“It is important for us to ensure that we are well-

capacitated to deal with the expected storms.”

The mayor said there was a coordinated plan to deal with the heavy rains anticipated.

“There is a committee at the provincial level that has been established to ensure that we can be able to deal with these floods as a province,” he said.

“We have also ensured that some of our personnel have been deployed to help with the disaster in Ekurhuleni and other municipalities.”

Emergency services chief Joan De Beer gave a presentation on the current weather situation in the city and the country at large.

She said the centre had been hard at work since the beginning of the week.

“We have attended to several flooding incidents since the beginning of the week when the rains started and we have rescued a many of people in the city,” Be Beer said.

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“It is important for people to know that they need to be careful going into the festive season as we expect lots of rains which will go on even into early January.”

De Beer said the Wonderboom airport was made available when OR Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg experienced flooding during the week.

Two aircraft were turned back to Durban because of flooding at the Johannesburg airport.

Msimanga implored Tshwane residents to co-operate with emergency services.

“We plead with our people to ensure that they heed the call when an advisory is issued,” he said.

“When you are advised not to go out at a certain time, please do so to avoid fatalities.”

The SA Weather Services issued a storm warning on Friday morning for Pretoria and other parts of Gauteng.

ALSO READ: Safety tips during thunderstorms

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