For Immediate Release
17 September 2017

Following the gale force winds that swept through Durban destroying several properties last night, the eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Councillor Zandile Gumede has activated a joint response and relief disaster management.

This follows an urgent meeting convened by Mayor Gumede this morning (17/09/2017) comprised of the Ward Councillors, Provincial Disaster Management Team, Ward Committees, Community Mobilisers, Operation Sukuma Sakhe and Amakhosi to establish the extent of the damage caused by gale force winds and to speedily respond to each and every case that has been reported.

The team that is made up of all Municipal departments is currently on the ground assessing the situating and providing immediate relief to the affected communities.

As the extreme weather conditions are predicted to continue in KwaZulu-Natal this afternoon, Gumede has appealed to residents particularly those in flood-prone areas to excise caution and even move to the nearest community halls for protection where necessary.

“Our joint response and relief team is already on the ground, the mop-up has already begun in areas where roads are blocked and displaced communities are being accommodated in community halls. I want to appeal to residents to be patient as we are responding to each every case that has been reported thus far,” said Gumede.

Gumede further appealed to religious leaders and individuals to open their places of worship and homes in order to accommodate displaced people.

“We are doing our level best to find alternative accommodation for affected families and as a caring municipality, we call upon everyone to extend a hand and assist those who are in need. Our team that is on the ground and will provide food, soup, and blankets for the affected people. Community halls and centers like crèches will also be used to accommodate the displaced people,” said Gumede.

Residents are urged to contact Disaster and Emergency Unit on 031 361 00 00 and the communities can also report incidents via a WhatsApp Number on 073 148 3477.

Issued by Office of the Mayor
For more information contact Mayoral Spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede 0714127701 or Mandla Nsele 0833082639