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Tshwane declares state of disaster after violent storms

The City of Tshwane has called a state of disaster in Soshanguve and Mamelodi following extreme storms, it said on Wednesday.

"At its council sitting … the City of Tshwane declared a state of disaster following a severe thunderstorm … causing widespread damage to property and infrastructure," spokesperson Selby Bokaba said.

Thursday's storm caused extensive damage to property in Soshanguve and Mamelodi, affecting about 44 800 households.

Roofs, windows, solar geysers, cars and household items were damaged.

Damage was estimated at R100-million.

The city had provided plastic sheeting for roofs and windows, blankets, mattresses, and food parcels to about 1 600 households in the two areas.

"The Falala Community Hall in Soshanguve was used as a temporary shelter and blankets were provided to 700 people," he said.

Repairs
Some residents of Soshanguve had started repairing the damage to their properties.

Gibson Makhubela and his family said four of their big windows were shattered. He said it took them at least four days to get them fixed.

"We spent most of the weekend looking for the glass and we were only able to get everything fixed on Tuesday. There was a shortage of glass in Soshanguve, which hampered our efforts," he said.

Mop-up operations were still underway with technicians working around the clock to restore power.

"The City of Tshwane is delighted to announce that power will be restored before midnight today [Wednesday] to all the areas that have been without power following last Thursday's violent hailstorm," Bokaba said.

Electricians and technicians were in the final stages of repair work at the Wolmer substation.

He said if rain did not interrupt their work, residents could have their power restored by Wednesday afternoon.

Areas affected include Pretoria North, Montana, Annlin, Theresa Park, and Magalieskruin. – Sapa

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