Latest developments with regard to the floods disaster currently being experienced in Rustenburg since recent heavy rains are the following:
Two (2) fatalities have been reported so far in Lemenong (Phokeng), after the vehicle was swept away by overflows. Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, will be visiting relatives of the deceased this afternoon to pay homage on behalf of the Municipality.
Twenty-Nine (29) families have been relocated to the Old Kanana Clinic after their homes were flooded.
Thirty-eight (38) families from Ramochana community have been moved to the Ben Marais hall next to town, and subsequently provided with food and blankets.
Twenty-six(26) families from Sunrise View community have been alternatively accommodated at the local school hall and also provided with food and blankets.
Twenty (20) families around the Kanana community have been rescued with boats due to flooding after the neighboring dam overflew and subsequently given alternative accommodation in various community facilities.
Scores of cars have been swept away in several roads due to overflowing.
Food parcels and blankets continue to be received and are duly being distributed to needy stranded families in various Wards as identified by deployed teams led by MMC’s, Ward Councillors and Directors.
Communities still in distress and are being given the necessary aid and support are:
The team is still out in the field collating data with the objective to help us provide appropriate support and assistance still needed, as we work towards obtaining the total estimated damage costs. The Municipality will continue to monitor the situation around the clock so as to avert further loss of life. Business, NGO’s, CBO’s, government departments and individuals are once again requested to donate food parcels, clothes, blankets or any kind of assistance so as to alleviate the plight of our people. Residents are cautioned to drive with absolute care as they drive and in their homes.
Meanwhile, the Municipality continues to maximise its communication with residents through its website, twitter handle, face-book page, Wards what’s up group chat, three (3) local radio stations by means of live studio interviews and news bites and three (3) national radio stations and newspapers.
For any further reports, updates or enquiries kindly contact the following numbers: