While government has allocated R1 billion to help KwaZulu-Natal respond to the floods, the province’s premier Sihle Zikalala has indicated that they are going to need almost double that figure to complete their work.
Zikalala held a media briefing on Sunday, 24 April 2022, to give an update on government’s response to the devastating floods.
National Treasury has set aside at least R1 billion for KZN’s disaster relief efforts, while a series of other measures (including financial) are being spearheaded by government to respond to the aftermath of the floods.
“We are encouraged by the support we are getting from the national government. An integrated approach involving three spheres of government is assisting to ensure speed and efficiency in the interventions.Although government has reprioritized R1 billion towards disaster relief interventions, we need more than R1, 9 billion to complete our work”KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala
There is no doubt that the floods will cost KZN more than just R1,9 billion, something even President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.
“A comprehensive assessment of the economic cost of these floods still has to be made, but it is clear that it will run into billions of rands for the rebuilding of infrastructure and loss of production,” Ramaphosa said.
In addition, the premier announced that work on Residential Temporary Units for the KZN flood victims had started already as construction workers are already on site in Ilembe District, Ugu and eThekwini.
“We finalizing the assessment of some sites in Durban in terms of their suitability for construction.We must hasten to point out that this is a moving target. We are updating this information as more information is collated through Operation Sukuma Sakhe structures and our Disaster Management centres,” Zikalala said.
Zikalala says as they continue with the construction of TRUs (Temporary Residential Units), their focus is to accommodate more than 4 396 families that are housed in halls, churches, schools.
“We are also paying special attention to those accommodated by neighbours and relatives,” he added.