eThekwini Municipality Birchwood

The state of many parts of eThekwini and surrounds as a result of the KZN floods.
Photo: KZN Gov

KZN Floods: Province to get R1 billion, over 8 000 houses destroyed

The KZN floods have left more than 8 000 homes partially destroyed. Treasury has confirmed the province will receive R1bn.

eThekwini Municipality Birchwood

The state of many parts of eThekwini and surrounds as a result of the KZN floods.
Photo: KZN Gov

The KZN floods have been nothing short of absolutely devastating. At the time of writing, the death toll stands at 395. It is expected to continue to rise into the new week. On Saturday, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi released new figures detailing the total number of homes destroyed. Hours earlier, National Treasury confirmed that the province will receive R1 billion.

KZN floods: Province to receive R1 billion in funding

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says that R1 billion in relief funds will be available to the province by next Tuesday. He made the comments during his interview live on eNCA.

“There are two phases to the disaster process. The first one is emergency relief. That’s what’s called emergency relief and the money is available in different departments. The second phase is going to be when we do recover and repair. That’s going to require a significant amount from treasury. That is difficult to quantify until some work is done. But the minimum will be a billion rand. Starting from Friday will receive a few requests and I think the money will flow to those respective departments by Tuesday.”

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana told eNCA.

Speaking on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that government was working on finding the best ways to channel funds to deal with the KZN floods.

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Over 8 000 homes destroyed

According to the Department of Human Settlements, 13 593 households are affected by the KZN floods. 11 492 of those are in the eThekwini Metro.

8 039 houses have been partially destroyed while 3 937 houses have been left COMPLETELY destroyed as a result of the floods.

“Mud houses, settlements located close to rivers and waterways have been severely
affected and some houses and shelters have been swept away. Informal settlements
were among the most affected.”

Mmamoloko Kubayi

With eThekwini by far the most affected area, Kubayi explained that the metro has two sources of immediate funding. These would be separate from the R1 billion set to arrive in the province from the national treasury.

R539 million is available from the Urban Settlements Development Grant. An additional R143 million was also recently allocated to the Informal Settlements Upgrading Grant.