National state of disaster returns for KZN floods

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South Africa is back in a national state of disaster. But this time it’s due to the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal and the potential bad weather anticipated in other provinces.

Making the announcement President Cyril Ramaphosa says the recent classification of a provincial disaster in KZN is inadequate to deal with the scale of the emergency and the required reconstruction and rehabilitation measures.

He further notes that the disaster has far reaching implications beyond KZN as the Port of Durban plays an important role in the country’s economy.

The Solidarity Fund has been roped in to raise money in order to respond to the disaster. A dedicated bank account will be activated for this.

Treasury has also indicated R1 billion is immediately available. President Ramaphosa has vowed that the monies will be protected saying that there is no room for corruption.

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