Emergency services on high alert as heavy rains are expected to persist in Johannesburg

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Johannesburg Emergency Services say they are on high alert this weekend as heavy rains are expected to persist throughout the day.

Motorists are also advised to be extra cautious while travelling due to wet and slippery road surfaces.

Joburg EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says, “We remain on high alert and we are encouraging all our motorists out there to exercise caution while driving, extend a safe following distance and also avoid areas which may have been flooded.”

“We have our specialised water rescue team which is on high alert and also our disaster management teams in all seven regions so that we can respond to any emergencies over the weekend.”

Flash floods in George

Meanwhile, aid organisation Gift of the Givers has stepped up outreach programmes in informal settlements at George and Oudtshoorn in the Southern Cape.

This follows devastating flash floods earlier this week. Roads were damaged, water pipelines affected and schools forced to close.

Relief coordinator Ali Sablay says they’re distributing materials to help people rebuild their dwellings.

“Our teams delivered plastic sheeting to community members and to those who were severely affected in the floods that passed. We visited elderly peoples homes where we could clearly see the devastation that the floods caused. People’s mattresses not dried yet, people sleeping under newspapers, under plastic sheeting. Will continue to roll out food parcels, blankets and mattresses. And we’ll be visiting some more animal shelters.”

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