Rustenburg: Following heavy rains that have been received in the past few days in the Rustenburg Municipality in particular and the entire country in general, resulting in floods, there have been recorded cases of houses being flooded, roof tops collapsing, cars being swept away by overflows on the roads , trees falling on the roads, people drowning, resulting in fatalities and in need of accommodation, amongst others. In this regard, the Rustenburg Local Municipality has summoned an emergency joint operation team, based at the Joint Operation Centre(JOC), comprising of all relevant affected stakeholders, with the objective to assessing the extent of damage and need in all its 45 Wards and responding appropriately. So far, extensive floods and damages have been recorded in the following communities: • The city and its immediate environs, namely; sub-urban areas, CBD and the Industria. • Tlhabane • Ramochana • Sunrise Park • Paardekraal • Meriting • Boshoek • Rietvlei • Robega It is anticipated that by 12:00 noon today (22 February 2017), a comprehensive and credible data would have been collated and consolidated, which will then help the Municipality in responding appropriately to the needs of affected communities. In the meantime, the Rustenburg Local Municipality has supplied blankets to some needy communities. Donations and any kind of assistance from various business organisations, NGO’s, CBO’s, government departments and individuals will be much appreciated in this time of need. This joint emergency contingency plan is anticipated to last up to next week. For any further enquiries kindly contact the Municipal spokesperson, Mr Thapelo Matebesi, on: 014 590 3509, cell: 072 7611 018. End.