KZN snowfalls to cost economy R400m

2011-07-28 14:21

The economic cost of road closures caused by snowfalls in KwaZulu-Natal is an estimated R400 million, co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube said today.

Traffic authorities had estimated that goods valued at R10 million travel along the N3 every hour, she said.

“The road was closed for 40 hours and that means that the cost of road closures may be estimated in the region of R400 million.”

Snowfalls closed major KwaZulu-Natal roads, resulting in massive economic loss.

Dube had been told there were 150 trucks per kilometre when the N3 road reopened yesterday after it was closed due to snow.

She had dispatched a team to assess the needs of the communities affected by the snowfalls and rain.

Mpendle, Richmond and Mkhambathini were affected by rain.

“At least nine houses were completely destroyed, affecting 30 people,” Dube said.

Twenty houses had been completely destroyed and 144 houses partially destroyed in Ilembe district municipality and Kwadukuza local municipality.

Dube also visited the family of Xolani Gwala who died when a house collapsed on him at Durban’s Kennedy Road informal settlement.

“The accident was unfortunate, but as government, we are committed to helping the family with funeral arrangements,” said Dube.

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