Tshwane declares disaster after storm

2013-12-04 11:51

Pretoria - The City of Tshwane has declared a state of disaster in two areas following violent storms, it said on Wednesday.

"At its council sitting... the City of Tshwane declared a state of disaster following a severe thunderstorm... causing widespread damage to property and infrastructure," spokesperson Selby Bokaba said.

Last Thursday's storm caused extensive damage to property in Soshanguve and Mamelodi, affecting about 44 800 households. Roofs, windows, solar geysers, cars, and household items were damaged.

The damage was estimated at R100m.

The city had provided plastic sheeting for roofs and windows, blankets, mattresses, and food parcels to about 1600 households in the two areas.

"The Falala Community Hall in Soshanguve was used as a temporary shelter and blankets were provided to 700 people," he said.


Some residents of Soshanguve had started repairing the damage to their properties. Gibson Makhubela and his family said four of their big windows were shattered. He said it took them at least four days to get them fixed.

"We spent most of the weekend looking for the glass and we were only able to get everything fixed on Tuesday. There was a shortage of glass in Soshanguve which hampered our efforts," he told Sapa.

Mop-up operations were still under way with technicians working around the clock to restore power.

"The City of Tshwane is delighted to announce that power will be restored before midnight today [Wednesday] to all the areas that have been without power following last Thursday's violent hailstorm," Bokaba said.

Electricians and technicians were in the final stages of repair work at the Wolmer substation. He said if rain did not interrupt their work residents could have their power restored by Wednesday afternoon.

Areas affected include Pretoria North, Montana, Annlin, Theresa Park, and Magalieskruin.

  • Michael Plant - 2013-12-04 12:00

    There have been quite a few ridiculous hailstorms these past few years and they seem to be getting worse. I need to review my car insurance to make sure it covers hail damage. Normally you only see such massive hail stones in the US during huge storm capable of producing big tornados. Lets hope those aren't next.

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 12:21

      Jonyana, were you hit in the hail storm? Get to a doctor asap, you have it bad. Hail is frozen ice bits in different sizes, it is not the whites storming you, it is bad weather. Hallo!

      Arthur Tarr - 2013-12-04 12:26

      Not even this storm can spend like No 1

      Lekker Man Lekker - 2013-12-04 12:28

      Jonyana - you are welcome to implement BEE or a quota system to the hail so that 90% of the hail stones are black. No racist or white Supremes' will fight you on that one!

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-04 12:39

      @Jonyana Sibulena: I agree! See between these two brackets [ ]? That is the colour "white". Thus our creamish, light brown and pink colour will assist you! Happy??

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 12:58

      Like you are doing Jonyana

      Philip Venter - 2013-12-04 13:26

      Yes Jonyana! These racist white golf ball sized hail pellets need to be stopped! Everyone Unite against them and fight this oppressor! We will not let their supremacist tendencies damage our homes and vehicles any longer! We say NO! Bloody Agents!!!

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 13:43

      Oh no, they took Joynana s comments of, it was so entertaining! That not fair News 24, why cant we laugh a bit? Put him back please!

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 13:46

      Joy! Nana! where are you? Come back we are not finished yet!

      Guvamile Inbovu - 2013-12-04 13:50

      Whenever I open my mouth, most white people kick and scream like a bunch of babies but some white people feign boredom or amusement. Very interesting but conflicting strategies. Is it hate, anger, boredom or amusement? It’s most certainly hate and anger… Your arrogance and laughter doesn't line up with the irritation and anger that most white people openly display whenever they hear what I have to say... Who is being genuine and who is bluffing and trying to deter other persons of colour from speaking out against racism, white privilege and profound racial inequality?

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 14:05

      Guvamile, what in the world has a hailstorm to do with racism? You know some people are so fixated on this that they completely miss the bus. THERE HAS BEEN A HAILSTORM, OVER 44000 HOUSEHOLD LOST THEIR LIVEHOOD and all the circle minded - round and round - can think about is looking for arguments and when they get it they disappear like mist in the sun. I detest racism coming from white or black but what I even detest more is plain stupidity. Surely you know what I mean here. The hail has nothing to do with races, anger, fear or hate. It is nature, and there are people in serious trouble. If you do not understand what I say I fear there was another one hit by hail, Can somebody get a doctor? Another piece of advice, free of charge - if you say what you want you hear what you do not want.

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 14:37

      Guavamile I am sure you are Joynana in disguise

      Mike Heyns - 2013-12-04 14:39

      @Guvamile Inbovu : Please note that e-toll cameras are also white, including the gantries construction!!? Go take your racist anger out on them and do us ALL a favour!!

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-05 07:42

      Oh Sherry. stop advertising and start working please, you are everywhere! You pop like those people advertising funeral cover, pay to die till you die. On the phone, the radio, the tv one can not get rid of them. Put your ad on Facebook!

  • Bheki Dladla - 2013-12-04 12:01

    Even the heavens are seeing that the ANC is just messing up. Will they listen to the heavens??? its because of the e-tolls that even the weather has joined the fight against it. We will win in thee end!!! NO TO TOLLS

      Ditshego Makgote - 2013-12-04 12:12

      You have made my day Bheki, lets hope this time they listen. This storm should have just gone somewhere in KZN

      Neo Anderson - 2013-12-04 13:12

      Don't forget the earth quakes, the ancestors are really upset..

  • Aqeelah Khan - 2013-12-04 12:09

    Yoh this is hectic!!

  • Arthur Tarr - 2013-12-04 12:25

    Not even this storm can spend like No 1

  • Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-12-04 12:36

    "City Of Tshwane", what is that thing?

      Sht Stirrer - 2013-12-04 12:54


  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2013-12-04 12:45

    Soon the headline will read "... declaring disaster after tolls implementation."

      Lukas Ekisjouvaader - 2013-12-04 16:57

      To be honest, Tshwane was a disaster before the storm.

  • Jennifer Wilson - 2013-12-04 12:58

    Executive Mayor Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa has spent R2.6million on name changes in Tshwane yet only food parcels to 1600 households and blankets to 700 people. Where is Ubuntu and our rates and taxes money!!!

      Babs Putar - 2013-12-04 13:50

      Have any of the contributors to News24 read a letter written by Sunette Bridges sent to mayor Ramokgopa re the name change?

  • Awsomekid - 2013-12-04 13:26

    @JONYANA. Were you struck on the head by the hail?.

  • Awsomekid - 2013-12-04 13:31

    Please send the hail storm to Nkandla.Then all fuss of stolen tax money will be down the drains.

      Dmitri Dumas - 2013-12-04 13:52

      And send to scamral headoffice and all the gantries ... ;)

  • Gynormous Dixie - 2013-12-04 13:33

    And the areas around those two?

  • Mike Olwagen - 2013-12-04 14:02

    Is Tshwane Council going to send in their R50m per annum choir in to sing the bent corrugated iron sheets straight again? Might have the opposite effect.....might crack a few thousand more

  • Bronwyn Ansley - 2013-12-04 14:18

    So sorry I missed Jonyana's comments..your replies are fantastic! LOL

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 14:45

      He said we must get rid of white supremacy but Guavamile is making up for him.

  • Pj Veldsman - 2013-12-04 16:28

    Thank Goodness it missed NKANDLA

      Marina Dc - 2013-12-04 21:22

      Yes we could open up there a Shame City, other wise it would be Lost City

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