Members of the search and rescue team from across South Africa, who went to KwaZulu-Natal to help with flood operations, are returning home.
In Durban, Police Minister Becky Celle and National Police Commissioner General Fanny Masemola held them as heroes.
Cele praised the excellent work of the members of the joint search and rescue teams.
“You have honored the nation and I want to tell you that you have given so much honor to the South African nation. Someone who says something about you trying to belittle your role is lying. South Africans thank you for being one of those people who managed to raise their hands to say, “Here we are, send us, and you have served with honor, thank you very much.”
Meanwhile, staff shortages in the South African Police Service’s K9 search and rescue unit have been identified as one of the issues raised by the joint task force.
Team coordinator Dave Stein says: “There have been times when we have encountered angry communities and we have tried to expose them to the fact that it is so large that we cannot be everywhere at once. The downsides as a joint operations center, our helicopters, we lack, SAAF and SAPS. We also noticed that the police do not have enough search and rescue k9 in the whole country and, of course, in the province. “
The mayor visited the power plant
Etekwini Mayor Mksolisi Kaunda visited the Marian Ridge power plant west of Durban.
The power plant was hit by an explosion a week after a flood last month that exacerbated electricity and water losses in and around the city. Kaunda also made a short stop in eMolweni, west of the city, where displaced families are temporarily housed in a public house.
The KwaZulu-Natal government is continuing efforts to rebuild thousands of residents who were affected and displaced by last month’s floods. But a month later, the lives of hundreds of displaced families were difficult. There are 64 shelters in eThekwini municipality.
At the KwaDinabakubo Hall in Malveni, people say they are praying that the promised temporary homes will be completed soon. One of their current problems they called living among other families and poor hygiene.
The victims remain in different temporary places:
Anele Mhize shared her disappointment: “The problem is that people are used to being left alone with their families, but now that our house has been washed away, we are here in the lobby, with other people, it’s exhausting that too many people. I try not to quarrel with anyone, but even when I had to swim, people come in and out of the bathroom. I pray and hope that the temporary houses promised to us by the government will be built soon. “
Kaunda says flood damage in the subway alone is estimated at more than three billion rand. This eliminates the damage done to the provincial department of settlements.
“The total damage caused by the floods of our infrastructure is estimated at 3.8 billion rand in eThekwini excluding human settlements. As for electricity, you remember that more than a hundred power plants were badly affected by floods that plunged many parts of our city into darkness. We are pleased to announce today that all our power plants are now in good working order, and the power supply has been completely restored in the settlements, except for those areas where there are problems with cable theft.
Water and electricity infrastructure were also hit. Among his stops Kaunda visited the Marianridge power substation west of Durban.
An explosion occurred at the power plant a week after the flood last month, exacerbating the loss of electricity and water in and around the city. Kaunda says that in Tongat, north of Durban, repairs to water infrastructure could take up to six months.
“Provision in the northern region is steadily improving from 40 per cent to 45 per cent due to the interventions we are making in the Otongati area, one of the areas that has been severely affected in terms of water supply because our water station has been washed away in the area. An assessment in terms of repairing our water infrastructure has shown that heavy rains have also damaged our water treatment in Tonga, which will take about five to six months to repair at an estimated 30 million rand. ”
More than 400 people have been killed in recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal. Authorities have confirmed that at least 48 people are missing.
Report by Wuxi Mahasini and Noncululek Chlofe