The Kruger National Park as well as the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has activated its disaster management teams as Cyclone Dineo intensifies and is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Limpopo and KZN over the weekend.

At a media briefing about the cyclone on Wednesday, 15 February, KZN’s Cooperative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said that the province’s disaster management teams are on full alert for storms and floods that may come from the approaching tropical cyclone.

Dube-Ncube urged northern KZN communities to be prepared for the effects of cyclone, saying that “communities must take all warnings seriously.

“We are leaving nothing to chance,” she said.

Officials at the briefing said that they are communicating with various community forums to ensure message about the approaching cyclone gets out to residents in time. “This is not to make people panic,” Dube-Ncube says, “but to be aware of possibilities of the weather situation”.

Footage of the severe tropical storm which has since been upgraded to cyclone status on Wednesday afternoon has been shared to social media, with the South African Weather Service confirming it now dominates much of the Mozambique channel.

It is expected to bring wind speeds of 90knots, or approximately 166km/h, as well as torrential rain that could bring widespread flooding.