President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit the Eastern Cape tomorrow, Tuesday, 28 March 2023, to assess the aftermath of recent floods that have claimed lives and damaged private property and public infrastructure.
The OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province has been affected by torrential rainfall over the past week, which caused flooding resulting in loss of life, displacement of communities, and damage to infrastructure.
Severe weather-affected communities in Port St Johns, Ingquza Hill, Nyandeni, and King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipalities.
The floods disrupted critical infrastructure and services to water and electricity supply services, teaching and learning, and roads and bridges that collapsed.
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The government has activated a Special Intergovernmental Committee on Disaster Management to support and relieve the affected communities.
Teams comprising national, provincial, and local spheres of government have been assessing the damage and providing emergency support in the form of shelter, food, blankets, and other essentials.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will accompany Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Thembi Nkadimeng and Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane to interact with residents and other stakeholders and assess current response and recovery efforts and further actions or resources needed to help communities ravaged.
The President will visit the Port St. Johns Youth Centre, housing residents who have lost homes in the floods.
Ramaphosa will then proceed to damaged roads in the Mthumbane area, close to Port St Johns’ Second Beach.