February 27, 2024
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By  Lethiwe Makhanya

Some residents had roofs that were damaged, causing leaks.

On Monday, certain areas of Pietermaritzburg were undergoing clean-up efforts following the hailstorm that occurred on Sunday.

Some residents had roofs damaged by leaks and windows that were broken. The most affected wards were Wards 11 and 23, as well as the surrounding areas.

Londeka Zane, a resident of Nhlazatshe in Ward 11, told The Witness that her house was submerged after hail damaged the roof and caused it to leak. Everything in the home was wet. “The house was flooded.” When the hail hit the roof, it caused holes that allowed the rain to pour in.

There was nowhere for us to sleep. The children had nowhere to sleep. Our 18-month old child is with us. We spent all night trying to remove the water from the house.

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Zwane said that they needed to get up very early on Monday to take everything out of the house to dry it. As I speak to you, we are covering the roof in carpet. What will happen if hailstorms return? We’re scared. “If we could only have a sail to use for the moment.”

The most affected residents of my ward come from Nhlazatshe.

We have so far registered around 20 affected people, and many more continue to report the damage caused to their home. This number is sure to increase.

Malusi Mdlalose, from Ashdown Ward 23, reported that his windows and roof were also damaged. The hailstorm hit me again. Last time, it broke all my windows. Asbestos is used to cover our roof, so we are easily affected by large hailstorms. “We hope that this will not happen again,” said he.

Sibongiseni said that his large vegetable garden had been severely damaged. He will have to start over and remove the crops.

These vegetables are for sale and they will also be donated to people in need. Because crops are seasonally based, I was forced to retreat because of this hailstorm. Also, I need new seeds.

Dumisani Phungula, Ward 23 Councillor said that in his ward there were over 50 registered people. The list is still growing. The problem, he said, is the asbestos-covered roofs on most houses.

Ntobeko Mkhize, spokesperson for Msunduzi Municipality said that incidents have been reported from Wards 1, 20, 12 and 40. Disaster management teams have been deployed to assess the extent of damage.

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