Floods cause R440m in damages

2012-01-29 08:54

Johannesburg - The financial cost of the recent floods that ravaged some parts of Mpumalanga is estimated at more than R440 million.

Premier David Mabuza told journalist during a press briefing on Friday that the money is needed to fix or rebuild bridges, roads, houses, schools and agricultural projects.

“The estimated damage is R445 718 000. The (provincial government) in the short term has made R36 069 444 available while municipalities have contributed R25,79 million,” said Mabuza.

He said the Provincial Joint Operation Committee’s assessment report indicated that of the 1452 affected households, 330 were badly affected while seven people died.

He said the most affected district municipality was Ehlanzeni, which includes the five local municipalities of Nkomazi, Mbombela, Thaba Chweu, Bushbuckridge and Umjindi.

Helping families

“The most affected municipalities are Bushbuckridge with 130 incidents, Nkomazi with 74, Mbombela with 59, Umjindi 40 and Thaba Chweu with 27 incidents,” he said.

Mabuza broke down the costs, saying roads and bridges need R266 293 000 while schools need R47 571 000 to be repaired or rebuilt. Agriculture needs R18 677 000 while housing needs R18 million.

“Estimations in each municipality are as follows: Bushbuckridge, R35 million, Mbombela, R38 million, Nkomazi, R52 million, Thaba Chweu, R2,5 million and Umjindi, R52 million,” said Mabuza.

The premier said the provincial government will continue its efforts to relieve the affected families and restore much needed services for a period of three to six months. “We have already done the necessary protocols to access the necessary help from the national government and the national government has positively responded to our plight,” said Mabuza.

He added that the floods had also affected water systems in parts of the province.


He said temporary measures have been taken while machines and broken pipes are being repaired.

“As pumps and machines have been broken during the floods, we have come up with temporary measures to provide water while we are fixing the damage,” Mabuza said.

Mabuza said 900 people suffered from diarrhoea in the Bushbuckridge municipality.

“As many things were damaged, including water systems, we have also recorded 900 diarrhoea incidents caused by dirty water consumption in the Bushbuckridge municipality. So, we are now providing clean water to the municipality through tankers and other means,” said Mabuza. 

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-29 09:10

    "the money is needed to fix or rebuild bridges, roads..." Wheres julius?

      John - 2012-01-29 09:14

      thank God , this is a great way to save their liquidity problem. badly built bridges and schools washed away a chance to renew or rip off.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-29 10:03

      Who keeps track of this kind of expenditure?

      Francois - 2012-01-29 11:02

      This implies the actual cost is R220 mil, they still need to pay the fronting BEE company to do the work. If it was in Limpopo it would have been R 660mil and then after a year, the wind would have blown over the bridges and houses and Sexwale would have said something about poorly built houses, but no- one would have been arrested, but Malema will own a street block in Sandton.

  • Kim - 2012-01-29 09:16

    Ask the government ministers to cough up. They have it in their back pockets

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-01-29 09:23

    Oh golly and only if they hadn't wasn't that R100 million on their stupid party...

  • Andrus Strauss - 2012-01-29 09:48

    Last Year the farmers in the Northern Cape lost everything in the flood - most of them can't pay anything anymore because they did not get any maize and crop because it was al destroyed by the flood , but they must still rebuild there own Emergency wall although the government made promises but never keep them !

      Trevor - 2012-01-29 10:05

      U pissing against thunder,the ANC only care for the majority because their votes count more yours,cold hard fact. Our ENTIRE farming community could be wiped out, you think the ANC would bat an, they just import from China because you dealing with idiots who could not even organise an orgy in a whore. house..

  • pws69 - 2012-01-29 09:49

    My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost family and friends, homes, and possessions.

  • Ian - 2012-01-29 09:51

    sowwi mpumalanga, its all gone to puti

  • bobbirou - 2012-01-29 12:16

    What I would like to know is who did the quote and who did the estimate? Who is going to cough up the money? How much is going into back pockets? What will the actual final cost amount to? Gosh, how did they estimate this sooooo quickly?

  • braamc - 2012-01-29 18:18

    Now you going to see tenderpreneurs than ever before, this calculation came in the very next day.

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