Cape Town disaster teams brace for more

2012-07-10 07:20

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has spent nearly R1m helping victims of the recent floods on the Cape Peninsula, it said on Monday.

The money was spent on blankets, meals, flood kits, food parcels and baby packs, said Disaster Risk Management Centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

The city had helped 19 641 people from 6 102 households since June 26, he said.

Solomons-Johannes said that disaster response teams were continuing mop-up operations, but that weather forecasters were predicting rain for the whole week.

"The disaster response teams have been ordered to be on enhanced level of standby and to brace themselves for a very busy week," he said.

"The continuous rain has a potential to cause or threaten to cause nearby ponds and rivers to overflow; and could potentially result in discomfort for people living in low-lying areas."

On Sunday, the city said it had attended to 348 calls where roads, property and informal areas needed attention.

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  • Squeegee - 2012-07-10 07:28

    I feel for all those who have been affected. Glad there is someone at least doing something for them.

      lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-07-10 07:39

      not at least because its a same problem every winter without problem solving

      Squeegee - 2012-07-10 07:51

      lunga, I'm sure that when the ANC has finished its study on lightning it will find a way to stop cold fronts from dumping huge amounts of rain on CT.

      nokuthandwa - 2012-07-10 08:10

      wow Alvin, how do you feel now after you've said that nasty comment? Just remember, your brick house could also be affected by the weather, it could collapse, your roof could be blown away, then what? Hope your friends will open a soup kitchen for you!

      davenewza - 2012-07-10 08:33

      AlvinLee: Just remember that not everyone is as privileged as you.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-10 11:24

      alicia: four thousand years ago in the cradle of western civilisation (fertile crescent in the middle east) they were using stone for the first few courses of buildings, and some can be seen today. Not sure what this means but it has a few possible explanations!

  • raath - 2012-07-10 07:38

    If this was Gauteng, the premier would just make empty promises for assistance (the disaster relief money was probably spent on some lavish ANC party anyways), in Limpopo they wouldn't even know where to begin or what to do, and if this was the Eastern Cape they probably wouldn't even know that a disaster hit. Well done and thank you Cape Town on all the effort thus far, and I pray that all the affected families find relief, warmth, and peace.

  • GWsykwatcher - 2012-07-10 08:08

    Why do these people keep building in low-lying areas? The fact is that water will always flow to the lowest point - nothing new here.

      whoowhoohoo - 2012-07-10 08:15

      How else to stock up for free on a new winter wardrobe, some warm blankets and food ? Idiots we will always have with us. Maybe in another 2 000 years ?

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-10 08:21

      Because GWsykwatcher, They do not listen and when the provincialgovernment want to move the to a better site it becomes a racist issue. They know they gonna be given free hand out every winter, so why move. So quiet frankly I dont care. If they dont wanna listen to reason well then they must deal with it.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-10 08:17

    I would think that prevention is at least as important as disaster support! Many of these at risk informal settlements are in places that regularily flood, so why are settlements permitted unless AND until effective flood control measures are implemented. By allowing these flood plain settlements the authorites could be exposed to accusations of negligence and that will open a real can of worms.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-10 08:30

      It is mostly if not all NOT permitted. The "buildings" get put up so fast and if the municipality refuse and want to move them it gets made a political play-ball. The arrival and growth of/in people/population is faster than planning can be done. People move to the WC/Cape Town on hope for a better life. If the political will was there and not being use to score points and or being used as a bargaining too, the problem could have been address better, but we all know the answer and that at cost of people's suffering.

      raath - 2012-07-10 08:32

      Nevermind repeated attempts to try and move the [illegal?] occupiers to a more suitable area?

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-10 11:37

      DuToit: Your point that the municipality has tried and that it is a politically fired-up situation are valid. But, the people are there, one at least for seven years (SABC 3 news last night), so to say that is not permitted depends on what permitted is taken to mean. Obviously there are two parts to this: Helping the people already there, and managing where new people are allowed to squat. In both cases it surely cannot make sense to permit them to squat in flood plains whatever the difficulties in providing alternatives. But that wasn't my original point....What I am saying is that the Municipality is tacitly demonstrating a degree of responsibility for what is happening to these unfortunate, if illegal, squatters. One by not finding an effective way to move them to safer ground, and two by providing support as disasters strike. At the very least my point two needs to be taken care of.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-10 11:51

      By point two I mean ensuring that new squaters do not add to the problem

  • Klaus - 2012-07-10 08:21

    As much as i dislike Botswana (infested with crooked & thieving Lawyers), there are no Squatter Camps, because the Government decreed so & the Police enforced this Law. As Citizen you are entitled to a plot, you must within a stipulated time frame erect a structure on it, to be followed by a proper House, all with municipal bylaws adhered to.

  • jamesallend - 2012-07-10 08:21

    Yes l feel sry 4 thm bt the problem dat ds people dnt build strng houses nd thy thnk dat e government wil build houses 4 thm 4 free ,abv al thr r jst lazy to thnk

  • jamesallend - 2012-07-10 08:21

    Yes l feel sry 4 thm bt the problem dat ds people dnt build strng houses nd thy thnk dat e government wil build houses 4 thm 4 free ,abv al thr r jst lazy to thnk

  • jamesallend - 2012-07-10 08:21

    Yes l feel sry 4 thm bt the problem dat ds people dnt build strng houses nd thy thnk dat e government wil build houses 4 thm 4 free ,abv al thr r jst lazy to thnk

  • Steve - 2012-07-10 08:41

    A great effort from the Western Cape disaster management team. However, as many have responded here, this is an ongoing problem. Surely there must be some clever thinkers in the DA led municipality that can come up with a workable solution and get together with the community leaders. Even the most seasoned squatter must realize that to build where they have, is likely to have dire consequences when the winter weather descends upon the Western Cape. To relocate to a higher site makes sense and perhaps the municipality could assist to settle these people elsewhere and provide basic needs. Where is the National Lottery in times like this????

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-10 09:00

      Steve, please read my comment under "criticallyhonest" The "community leaders" are most "politicians" and working together is not part of their vocabulary. You get some that started, but then the "politicians" start to influence people and play ball while that real leader and the general people/residence stay suffering. It is hart-sore to see how the same people get influence to create a situation that prolong their own suffering. Not saying that it can be solve over night, but a start is better than doing nothing. There are areas that allowed changes and now live in better conditions, but it is always the poorest/influential/less educated ones that stay behind. Management with planning, going together with willingness should be the only criteria and NO POLITICS/POLITICIANS.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-07-10 08:43

    Every year when the heavy winter rains and flooding hit, the City of Cape Town commission yet another study into the flooding, they take vast amounts of aerial imagery, call in specialists and spend millions on planning solutions! Then the rain stops and flooding subsides, and alls forgotten till next year, when a new new Mayor, City Manager and new ED's and yet again another study and more plans that never get implemented! Ever heard of "reinventing the wheel", well city planners have mastered the art!

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-10 12:35

      Don't understand the reason for the thumbs down here. Is there any truth in bretton's comment? It does seem to be an everlasting problem.

  • shirley.schlange - 2012-07-10 11:39

    It cannot be fun

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