Crashing branches narrowly miss PMB’s unique hybrid

2014-10-02 00:00

GALE force winds pounded KwaZulu-Natal yesterday, but very little damage appears to have been reported inland.

The winds did cause havoc along coastal areas, but no disasters were recorded in the Midlands.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha, said they had activated their disaster management to be on the look-out for any emergencies.

“But there were no disasters recorded last night or today,” she said.

WeatherSA forecaster Aslam Sardiwalla said the whole coastline experienced strong winds.

He said the wind speed peaked at 90 km/h before 9 am in Durban yesterday, averaging of 60km per hour for the rest of the day. In Pietermaritzburg 70 km/h was recorded between 6 am and 7 am, moderating to an average of ­

40 km/h for the rest of the day.

Witness Wheels editor said crashing branches from a pin oak tree in Clarendon had narrowly missed a unique 4x4 hybrid hatch. The hybrid was built by Denk’s Motors to help celebrate the 110th celebration of the first motor car drive from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. That journey was undertaken in 1904 by the intrepid Witness editor Horace Rose in a four-horsepower Orient Buckboard.

With more bad weather expected, the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) yesterday issued a statement saying they were on high alert in the wake of the storms and strong winds that have hit many parts of the country.

“Our disaster management teams are ready to intervene should there be an emergency.

“The strong wind and storms have ravaged parts of the province but, luckily, so far without serious consequences,” said Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

She appealed to the public to be careful when crossing rivers and driving on the roads.

“People need to avoid risks that can put their lives in danger. More assessments are still being undertaken in many parts of the province to quantify the impact of the stormy weather so far,” she said.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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