Non­goma sum­mer dis­as­ter con­trol cam­paign launched

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Gugu Myeni

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

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