Drowning in disaster: Can the KZN economy recover?

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Community members from Tshelimnyama, outside Pinetown pick up the pieces of a car which was washed away by floods while trying to cross a bridge in the area.
Community members from Tshelimnyama, outside Pinetown pick up the pieces of a car which was washed away by floods while trying to cross a bridge in the area.
Sakhiseni Nxumalo/The Witness

This month's floods have dealt a body blow to KwaZulu-Natal's economy, which was still recovering from the 2021 riots. Tania Broughton tallies the cost of the latest disaster to hit the province.

In a province which relies heavily on tourism, the pre-Easter holiday season floods could not have come at a worse time, particularly on the back of the July 2021 riots which left more than 300 people dead, nearly two million people unemployed and more than R50 billion "wiped off the economy", in the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

And that, in turn, was on the back of the economy-buckling Covid-19 lockdowns.

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