An update on the progress since the KZN floods last April. Image: GCIS / Flickr

KZN marks one year since the worst floods in history [Pictures]

KZN Government and the City of eThekwini give an update on the progress made since the April 2022 KZN floods.


An update on the progress since the KZN floods last April. Image: GCIS / Flickr

This week marks exactly one year since the province of KwaZulu-Natal and eThekwini Municipality experienced the worst floods in history.

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The floods resulted in hundreds of lives being lost and extensive damage to infrastructure.

Some families still have not found closure because they have not found the bodies of their loved ones.

The Motsepe Foundation is currently conducting an investigation on how their donation was utilized by government.

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They made a R30 Million flood donation to the government in the aim of aiding those affected by the floods.

The eThekwini Municipality says the funding was meant to assist mainly for burials, and it was not transferred to the municipality.

Here is an update report:


The municipality says that over 8000 families who were displaced by floods and moved to 120 mass care centres are now in safe family friendly accommodation.

The city says that a programme of building permanent houses for these families is currently underway.

EThekwini Municipality Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda handing over a house to one of the floods victim family. Image: Thuli Dlamini.

Apart from relocating flood victims to temporary emergency accommodation, they are looking to build storm disaster houses for families who have sites that are located in safer places.

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To date, the city said they have been able to build over 60 storm disaster houses for flood victims.

Among the beneficiaries of this programme is Gogo Ndawonde from U Section in Umlazi whose house was damaged by a retaining wall during the floods.


When the storm disaster hit the city, the water supply network was severely damaged. Water supply was below 40% in all regions of the city.

Reports claim that great progress has been made in restoring water supply in certain areas of the city.

However, there are water challenges in areas such as Umlazi, Folweni, Ngonyameni, KwaMakhutha, Adams, and Chatsworth.

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The City said that they were able to were able to fully restore electricity supply in all our areas immediately after the disaster.

However, there is a continuous struggle with load shedding, theft, and vandalism of electricity infrastructure.

“As we look to the future, we want to plead with communities to be our eyes and ears so that we can identify the criminals that wreak havoc by vandalizing our infrastructure and putting them behind bars.”


Over 100 power stations were severely affected by the floods in 2022. The City reports that all power stations are now in good working condition.

The city of eThekwini said that they will be investing over R2 billion in the next financial year to upgrade electricity infrastructure.