Government to discuss flood risk
Johannesburg - The government's inter-ministerial committee on disaster management was expected to meet late on Friday to discuss increasing flood incidents reported in various parts of the country, the Presidency said.
"While the meeting works out details of government's response plan to the flooding, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed his condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones as a result of floods," it said in a statement.
The IMC is chaired by Cooperative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka and consists of representatives of the departments of water and environmental affairs, health, basic education, agriculture, social development, police, human settlements and tourism.
President Zuma thanked distaster management teams for their efforts in the last few weeks and urged communities in low-lying areas to be vigilant as further downpours were expected.
"Government will do everything it can to avoid loss of life as a result of floods and urges everyone to co-operate with disaster management personnel as they respond to disasters," said Zuma.
The SA Weather Service forecast a 60% to 80% chance of rain in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni this weekend.