The South African Weather Service has issued a warning for the possibility of disruptive rainfall and localised flooding in Gauteng. Meanwhile, the government has declared a national state of disaster due to flooding in seven provinces, including Gauteng.
According to Section 27 of the Constitution, a national state of disaster may be declared in the event of a natural disaster that causes, or threatens to cause, severe damage, destruction, or loss of life or property.
In light of this, residents in Kaalfontein, Allandale, Ebony Park (KAE), and surrounding areas of Ivory Park and Rabie Ridge are advised to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety during this time.
Residents in low-lying areas should immediately evacuate to higher ground during flooding. They should also stay away from power lines and avoid using electrical equipment. Parents should caution their children not to play in stormwater.
For motorists, it is crucial to remain calm during flooding. Never drive through flooded roads or bridges, and heed road closure warnings.
The City of Johannesburg has identified several flood-prone areas in the city, including Alexandra, Bedfordview, Edenvale, Fourways, Johannesburg Central Business District, Kempton Park, Centurion, Soweto, and the N3, M1, and R23 highways.
In KAE, the Kaalspruit river, especially the Thuthukani side, is flood-prone.
In light of this, we urge residents in these areas to exercise caution and avoid any unnecessary risks. Let us work together to ensure the safety and well-being of all those in our community. Stay safe!