ANC Zweli Mkhize Paul Mashatile

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa. PHOTO: Twitter/@PresidencyZA

Ramaphosa to visit FLOODED Jagersfontein

President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his thoughts and prayers to the families of the three people who died in the Jagersfontein floods.

ANC Zweli Mkhize Paul Mashatile

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa. PHOTO: Twitter/@PresidencyZA

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be paying a visit to the communities of Jagersfontein-Charlesville following the tragic flooding which left three people dead.


The President will visit the area on Monday where a mudslide took place after a mine’s slime dam burst on Sunday morning.

This event claimed three lives and left 40 people admitted into different hospitals. At least nine homes were swept away and about 20 were completely destroyed. Farmers also lost cattle while others were covered in mud.

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Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said the President’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of the three people who lost their lives in the incident.

“Four persons have been reported missing while 23 patients have been treated for hypothermia and four for broken legs.”

Vincent Magwenya

He said the President wishes the injured survivors a speedy recovery. He also wished for a positive outcome in the continued search and rescue mission of residents of the Charlesville neighbourhood.

“The President appreciates the rescue and recovery efforts in which emergency services and police from towns surrounding the mine and from Mangaung are engaged.” 

At least 20 homes were completely destroyed by the floods in Jagersfontein. PHOTO: Facebook/Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa

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Meanwhile, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has activated a National Disaster Management Centre in the area. This is to bring support to the victims of the devastating floods.

The centre is to coordinate with the Provincial Disaster Management Centre. It will also work with other stakeholders to ensure that the needed assistance is provided as required, said spokesperson Lungi Mtshali.

“The National Disaster Management Centre has deployed staff members to the affected areas to assess the damage and impact and to provide direct operational support,” said Mtshali.

Dlamini-Zuma urges the deployed teams to do everything possible to reduce the negative impact on the affected communities.

“The reports received thus far are that the flow of the water has ceased and the immediate threat is being stabilised. The injured persons have been provided with on-scene emergency services and were transported to local hospitals,” Mtshali said.

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