Cogta promises to rollout lightning conductors

2019-02-06 06:00

THE Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is working around the clock to install conductors in KZN areas that are vulnerable to lightning. This comes after two people were struck and killed by lightning in the Msinga, Gxushaneni area last week.

Residents Thulani Buthelezi­ (60) and Mathuli Mkhwanazi (28) died on the scene while another person (32) sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital.

MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube sent her condolences to the families of the victims.

“We are saddened by the incident where we lost two innocent lives.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time.

“Officials have been dispatched to assist the families.

“Our work is cut out for us as the provincial government as we implement measures that mitigate the impact of climate change,” she said.

In a statement, the department said it has started the rollout of lightning conductors to areas that are most prone to such incidents.

According to the MEC, this process will, however, not be able to cover every household in the province and requires households that are in some vulnerable areas to purchase these devices from their nearest hardware shops.

Dube-Ncube urged residents across the province to be cautious as heavy rains are expected to continue in parts of KZN.

Weather forecaster at King Shaka International Airport, Stacey Colborne, said there are thunder showers expected in the Midlands area this week.

“We can expect isolated thunder showers this week. There are no heavy rains expected this week,” Colborne said.

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