Latest developments with regard to the floods disaster currently being experienced in Rustenburg during the current heavy rains are the following:
• Contrary to initial reports, only one (1) fatality has been reported so far in Lemenong (Phokeng), after he was swept away by overflows. Executive Mayor, Cllr Mpho Khunou, visited relatives of the deceased yesterday afternoon to pay homage on behalf of the Municipality.
• One person who was reported missing in Luka yesterday has been found alive today.
• Twenty-Nine (29) families were relocated to the Old Kanana Clinic on Wednesday after their homes were flooded, but have since returned to their homes after receiving relief material like food and blankets.
• Thirty-eight (38) families from Ramochana community have been moved to the Ben Marais hall next to town, and subsequently provided with food, blankets and mattresses.
• Twenty-six (26) families from Sunrise View community were intended to be relocated the local school hall, but delayed after most of the community members feared that their belongings will be vulnerable for theft and vandalism. However, some relief material like food parcels and blankets were provided.
• 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 tin the following areas are still in distress and are being provided with the necessary aid and support:
• Boshoek
• Rietvlei
• Robega
• Luka
• Kanana
• Sunrise View
• Marikana
• Lekgalong
• Sondela
• Seraleng
• Boitekong Ext. 22
• Phokeng
Currently we have also received two trauma cases from Kanana and Lekgalong and the Joint Operating Committee has referred the matter to the Department of Social Development for counselling.
The Joint Operation Centre (JOC) has been activated and comprises of the following stakeholders:
• South African Police Service (SAPS)
• South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
• Department of Social Development
• Home Affairs
• Royal Bafokeng Administration
• Department of Health
• Eskom
• Various Directorates of the Rustenburg Local Municipality
• Bojanala Platinum District Municipality
The roles of this Committee amongst others, are to coordinate and integrate all activities and to serve as a nodal point for operational activities.
The teams are still out in the field assessing the situation in various Wards and collating information with the objective of helping us to provide appropriate support and assistance where needed, as we work towards obtaining the total estimated damage costs.
The Municipality, in partnership with the following stakeholders, will continue to monitor the situation around the clock so as to avert further loss of life.
We urge communities to exercise due care on the roads and in their homes.
Meanwhile, the Municipality continues to maximise its communication with residents through Ward Councillors, website, twitter handle, face-book page, what’s up group chats, local and national radio stations by means of live studio interviews and news bites and newspapers.
For any further reports, updates or enquiries kindly contact the Rustenburg Disaster Management Centre (Joint Operation Centre) at the following numbers:
1. 014 590 3856
2. 014 590 3304
3. 014 590 3232
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