On Tuesday 10 December, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile paid a visit to some hardest-hit areas in Mamelodi.
Shocking scenes of devastation
The National GoGTA said in a statement that the various department are working with the National Disaster Management Centre to coordinate “multi-disciplinary interventions”.
This follows after large parts of Gauteng, the North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo were battered with persistent rains which led to localised flooding. Gauteng was the hardest hit.
“At this point Gauteng is the hardest hit with incidents that have required people to be evacuated from buildings and some relocated to community halls and churches.”
Devastation in Mamelodi
In addition to the flooding of the Centurion Hotel in Tshwane, hundreds of Mamelodi residents were left stranded and trapped when more than 500 shacks were swept away.
Netizens caused a much-deserved uproar on social media when emergency services weren’t dispatched to Mamelodi within a reasonable space of time.
Kgothatso, a farmer and the co-founder of Farming for Isasa, remarked on Twitter that the “SANDF helicopter was supposed to start there before the hotel, adding: “I mean, the hotel has insurance”.
Another netizen, Collin Malatji, directed the following message to the City of Tshwane, Gauteng Government and the Presidency:
“This is [expletive]. Helicopters and emergency personnel spend the whole morning lifting people who were not in immediate danger in a multiple storey hotel while Mamelodi was being swept away.”
Acting Tshwane Mayor Abel Tau confirmed that about 150 residents who trapped in a church, and safely rescued by Tshwane’s Emergency Service personnel.
He called on members of the community to assist where possible. Donations and relief material can be dropped off at the Nellmapius Library on 4146 Lesedi c/o Moreni road, and at the Centurion Fire Station.
The worst is almost over
The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned on 10 December 2019 that more showers and localised flooding could be expected during the afternoon and evening.
However, the SAWS added in another update that “the system that resulted in heavy rain and flooding over the north-eastern provinces over the past week is expected to move out of the country tomorrow.”
At the time of publishing, no alerts were issued for Wednesday 11 December 2019. Read more here.