Billions needed to repair infrastructure damaged in KwaZulu-Natal-ravaged districts

KZN flooding

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Thembi Nkadimeng and a delegation of Cogta officials receive a briefing following days of heavy rains in several parts of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Supplied / Cogta

Published Jan 22, 2024


Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Thembi Nkadimeng said at least R2 billion is needed to repair infrastructure damaged by recent rains in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nkadimeng this weekend visited storm-ravaged districts where she classified municipalities affected by the recent floods as disaster areas. This will allow for the quick repair work to infrastructure including schools, roads, bridges and homes.

"The classification is done while processing for the declaration are under way. This is to allow the repairs to commence as quickly as possible," the minister said.

At least 58 people have died following the torrential rains which led to rivers bursting their banks and flooding informal settlements.

"The persistent rains have unfortunately caused delays in our repair efforts and assessment, as our teams are still on the ground. However, we appreciate the efforts made by municipalities such as eThekwini Metro and in Uthukela which has already initiated repairs using their available budget," the minister said.

Nkadimeng said teams have assessed significant damage in areas like KwaDukuza, Indwedwe, and eThekwini, among others.

"Once we conclude our assessment and follow all necessary steps, we will request the President to declare a state of disaster for specific parts of the province so that the National Treasury and other national departments can provide assistance. Along the N11, bridges have collapsed, and dams in the Ladysmith area require urgent attention," Nkadimeng said.