President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Amanzimtoti to address the victims of the Durban floods.
Cyril Ramaphosa touches down in Amanzimtoti, Durban
Ramaphosa stated that he was forced to cut off his bilateral talks with Egypt as well as the African Union Troika Summit after he had been alerted to the events that had plagued Kwa-Zulu Natal from Monday.
“We want to commend the rescue services, at national, provincial and local government level… I want to commend our minister, our acting premier and our mayor for mobilising various units in such a short space of time.
“We are pleased with the way that they have galvanised all the support,” he said.
Ramaphosa confirmed that there are more than a thousand people displaced by the floods.
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He also stated that local government was working closely with non-profit organisations like Gift of the Givers to provide essentials for those who have been left with nothing.
The president also confirmed that emergency funds will be funnelled from National Treasury to Durban where more assistance will be provided.
“Our hearts go out to all those families who have been affected by these events. This is what climate change is about. It hits when we hardly expect it.
“We are obviously concerned about harsh rainfall in Free State but our government has everything under control,” the president added.
Ramaphosa ended off his short media briefing by confirming that after he’s made his way through the affected areas of Durban, he will be heading to the Eastern Cape to assess the level of damage in the province that has also been hit by torrential rainfall that has claimed at least three lives.