The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlement has set aside R15 million towards re-building homes of victims of the recent heavy rains in the Pietermaritzburg area.
The heavy rains destroyed many houses and road infrastructure. Department MEC Jomo Sbiya, announced the relief during his visit to Azalea area in Pietermaritzburg.
Severe storm leaves a trail of destruction in Pietermaritzburg:
The 42-year-old Khehla Duma is among the victims of the recent storms that wreak havoc several homes in Pietermaritzburg. Over 513 houses were destroyed when roofs were blown away.
Duma says even the house he is using temporarily is also leaking when raining.
“I am disappointed by the storms. Fortunately I was not injured, and I decided to use my late brother’s house and it is not in good condition as I am taking chronic pills. I need help.”
Manthombi Xulu is another victim, she has been accommodated by her neighbours as her house was completely destroyed by heavy rains.
“I have nowhere to go as I am sleeping in my neighbour’s house. The situation is bad and I need any kind of help from the government.”
During his visit in the area Sibiya announced relief funds of 15 million that will be used to repair damaged houses.
“We are a caring government and we will use the money to improve people’s lives and also to make sure that you enjoy to be a South African.”
Meanwhile, other areas where the heavy rains wreaked havoc, homes and infrastructure are still waiting for the assistance. These areas includes rural areas of Ndwedwe and KwaMaphumulo on the north coast.