Weather ser­vice re­quests R30m

The Herald (South Africa) - - BUSINESS -

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

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