President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that government should have been better prepared for the devastation spurred by the KwaZulu-Natal – and that the disaster highlighted the need for them to be “disaster ready” in the event of a similar occurence.
Ramaphosa spoke at the Presidential meeting with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Durban on Sunday, 15 May 2022.
In April, heavy downpours in parts of KZN left behind a trail of destruction – destroying key infrastructure and washing away thousands of homes. More than 440 people have lost their lives in the floods while others remain unaccounted for.
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RAMAPHOSA: DISASTER RELIEF FUNCTIONS TO BE ‘DELEGATED’
Government has implemented a range of measures in response to the floods, but President Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet has still come under immense criticism. He says government, including municipalities, will be reviewing and submiting their disaster management and contingency plans to the National Disaster Management Council.
“Another issue also under discussion is the scope for provinces and municipalities to delegate certain disaster relief functions to well-capacitated institutions if they lack the capacity,” Ramaphosa said.
The president further encouraged stakeholders to do all they can to help the business community in KZN recover from the floods.
“We have agreed in today’s meeting that our foremost priority now must be on helping the people of KwaZulu-Natal to rebuild their lives and to assist business in the province to get its economic recovery programme back on track.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa