Weather service requests R30m
THE South African Weather Service (SAWS) urgently needs a R30-million investment to improve its infrastructure and communication channels.
This was revealed by chief executive Jerry Lengoasa during a media briefing at the weather offices in Pretoria yesterday.
It used the briefing to give an update on the severe weather conditions in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal this week.
Lengoasa said some of their monitoring tools were not operational at a time of need due to system breakdown‚ with some equipment operational for more than 10 years.
“Investment in infrastructure enhancement is urgently required.
“We require increased investments in the capability to forecast severe thunderstorms . . . and in impact-based warnings‚” he said‚ adding that Treasury had been informed about the needed financial injection. – TimesLIVE