The City of Joburg is to request emergency funds from national government to fix the storm damage.
Different parts of Gauteng were hit by a severe thunder storm on Saturday. The storm left two dead and properties destroyed.
Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is visiting a number of areas that were affected and says the damage is too extensive for the city to handle alone.
“We’ve arranged a very urgent meeting with the province at 2:00pm after assessing, so that we can get the province and national government to assist us with emergency funding because there challenge is too massive for the City of Johannesburg to handle on our own. If you look at the number of houses that have been affected there is no way the city can handle such a massive case on our own,” says Mashaba.
Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Emergency Services say they are on high alert following extreme weather in Gauteng.
EMS Spokesperson Nana Radebe says they are working with the weather service to identify hotspots in case of a repeat of the storm.
The South African Weather Service says similar weather conditions are forecast for Sunday although the chances are minimal.
“Yesterday, we received calls of flooded areas in Lenasia and parts of Soweto. We have responded to flooded houses, blown roofs and structural collapses. We are on high alert and we are working closely with the South African Weather Services just to ensure if we do get any alerts we will be able to respond,” says Radebe.
More footage of the storm damage at Trade Route Mall Lenasia JHB pic.twitter.com/ychDYPZVmj
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