Nongoma summer disaster control campaign launched
THE KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) last week launched a Provincial Summer Disaster awareness campaign in Nongoma.
The department, led by MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube handed out lightning conductors to households in the area as part of measures to deal with disasters.
These conductors are to ensure that people are protected from lightning strikes which are common in rural areas.
MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube addressed communities at ekuBangazeleni Sports Grounds and urged them to exercise caution when there are heavy rains, lightning and thunder.
‘Our province is regularly battered by heavy winds coupled with rains that cause localised flooding.
‘This causes death and destruction costing millions of rand which could go towards accelerating service delivery in our communities.
‘Our gathering here with you as the community of Ward 20 is to ensure that no more lives are lost to incidents that occur during the summer season,’ said Dube-Ncube.
The MEC said the department has implemented various measures to lessen the negative impact of disasters.
These include dispatching disaster teams, equipment and resources to various parts of the province as part of beefingup of the provincial capability to deal with disasters.
She also announced the service delivery interventions that are planned in partnership with the Department of Social Development, Human Settlements and the Provincial Treasury which will see families receiving RDP houses under the existing Operation Sukuma Sakhe programme.
Fire and rescue teams simulate putting out a fire at the launch of the Provincial Summer Disater Awareness campaign