Cabinet calls for vigilance amid extreme weather conditions

Thursday, September 28, 2023
High waves claim cars in Western Cape. Image: The Citizen.

Cabinet has called on communities to be on high alert for further weather warnings, which could bring more devastation in several parts of the country. 

This follows extreme weather conditions, which have wreaked havoc in the Western Cape, causing extensive flooding and damage to infrastructure. Last week, strong winds hit parts of Tshwane and Centurion, damaging some infrastructure and cars. 

“Cabinet has expressed condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the extreme weather conditions that have hit several parts of the country, particularly the rain and storms in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and fires in Gauteng. 

“Government is working with emergency services and disaster management for rescue operations and to provide support.
“The extensive damage to infrastructure requires us to demonstrate our sense of Ubuntu to assist those who have lost their homes and possessions, and who are in desperate need of food, water and shelter,” Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said at a post Cabinet briefing on Thursday. 

Cabinet said the country’s exposure to extreme weather patterns underscores the impact climate change is having on daily life, and the need for sustained action to decarbonise the economy, while pursuing sustainable development. –