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South Africa Braces for Severe Weather: Government Calls for Vigilance

Published December 29, 2023
7 months ago

Residents across several South African provinces are on high alert following a significant severe weather warning issued by the South African Weather Service (SAWS). The government has emphasized the importance of preparatory actions and is actively urging citizens to heed instructions from their regional disaster management centers to ensure communal and personal safety during the forthcoming inclement weather conditions.


The weather alert indicates an expectation of severe thunderstorms, strong winds that have the potential to cause damage, as well as heavy rainfall that could lead to disruptive flooding in regions such as the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, North West, and the Free State. Such conditions necessitate timely readiness and preemptive measures.


With preexisting damages reported due to recent weather disturbances, governmental focus is also dedicated to the crisis responses in the impacted provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo. The National Disaster Management Centre is in an active support role, enhancing the capabilities of Provincial and Municipal Disaster Management Centres and ensuring that resources are in place to assist communities endangered or affected by the severe weather.


In underscoring the collective responsibility in the face of these natural weather events, the government encourages the public to participate actively in their safety by staying informed, preparing for potential impacts, and following the instruction of disaster management authorities.


In the interest of public safety and preparedness, the government has released a list of contact numbers for those who need to get in touch with the relevant Provincial Disaster Management Centres. These contact numbers will enable residents to keep abreast of developments in their respective areas and receive instructions on how to secure their property, protect their families, and navigate the occurrences of severe weather.


Residents of the Eastern Cape can contact their disaster management centre at 071 604 3160 while those in the Northern Cape can reach out to 083 390 2920. The Western Cape's point of contact is 082 550 6770, with KwaZulu-Natal residents directed to 066 475 2308 for assistance. The North West disaster management centre number is 066 030 8026, and the Free State's centre can be reached at 066 487 4896.


It is critical for South Africans to stay informed during this period of weather uncertainty. Regular updates will not only allow for effective preparation but also for a quicker response should emergency services be required.


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