The Gauteng Executive Council has declared a state of disaster in several areas in the province, following destructive weather over the past two weeks.

Taking into consideration the damage already caused, and the fact that severe conditions may return, the province will take extreme precautions to prevent any further damage and loss of lives.

“People who have been residing along the Jukskei River will be relocated to safer areas,” says spokesperson Gopolang Leepile. “The provincial government is going to assist the victims who have been displaced because of serious damages to their homes.”

The province has requested the Department of Roads and Transport to regularly inspect checks on all infrastructure affected by the weather, while it reviews its Disaster Management Strategy.

Another precautionary measure is the establishment of an “Outbreak Response Unit” to deal with any potential e-coli outbreak, with the bacteria having already been detected in the Jukskei.

Meanwhile, Leepile says that two MECs have visited the tornado-damaged area of Ennerdale to survey the damage caused by the freak weather phenomenon.