'Fist-sized' hailstones damage KZN homes

2012-12-10 11:40

Johannesburg - More than 500 houses have been damaged in Ladysmith by "fist-sized" hailstones, the KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance department said on Monday.

The storm hit the Akasia area of Ladysmith on Sunday evening, spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said.

Officials were en route to assess the damage.

"The size of the hail stone was the size of your fist," Mabaso said.

No deaths or injuries had been reported, although an unknown number of families had been forced to take shelter in a local school hall.

Mabaso warned that the province should continue to brace itself for inclement weather.

"We have no prediction of any area, but there is a constant change in weather conditions and we will constantly advise people as it changes."

The public had to make sure their homes were safe and find out whether they lived on a flood plain.

Mabaso said people had to keep contact details for local authorities, including traditional leaders.

"You must be able to know who to contact in a case of emergency. When it rains, don't just sit and pretend it's normal," he said.

  • Tebz001 - 2012-12-10 11:46


      philani.goba - 2012-12-10 14:22

      yes it is..and next year will be 2013..

      goldwright - 2012-12-10 22:51

      Mr Kcopah - good one. And on Dec 22nd, all the fanatical doomsday theorists will be looking for the next doomsday date..... like there have never been hailstorms before!

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-12-10 11:51

    Omg nooo global warming... SHUT UP!

  • likeitis.insa - 2012-12-10 11:58

    just call your local traditional healer in an emergcency.....

      philani.goba - 2012-12-10 14:22


  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-10 12:41

    Need one in Nkandla over a certain homestead....just thinking...

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-12-10 12:46

    Victims of this hail storm must all go to Nkandla Compound to have a permanent shelter.

  • Juda - 2012-12-10 13:21

    so it missed Nkandla? How splendid! *rolls eyes*

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2012-12-10 14:10

    KZN has been fisted??

  • thandazab - 2012-12-10 17:52

    Its kinda not funny thou. I live in Ladysmith luckily for me it passed my area n there was no damage. But I have friends who are currently all crammed in a school hall because they have no roofs n windows in their homes. Really not funny until it hits u. I pray for all u jokers that it never hits u.

  • wendy.barnett.1238 - 2012-12-11 06:47

    Traditional leader ? REALLY? What will they do?

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