Tuesday, June 02, 2015

City of Cape Town’s winter programme in full force

Lusanda Bill
02 June 2015

The City of Cape Town has finalised its winter readiness plan for this year. The programme is to try and mitigate against the risks posed by the extreme weather experienced during winter.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said several departments have been tasked with specific roles in terms of the winter programme.

Smith said the Social Development officials have put in place a winter readiness programme that will assist night shelters with additional accommodation and resources, to accommodate homeless people. The transport of Cape Town has a budget of R85 million which they have spent on 700 temporary jobs, to clean our stormwater system in order to minimise system blockages.

Meanwhile flooding in the Cape especially in informal settlements is a huge concern for the city. The South African Weather Service has made predication of below average temperatures up to the end of July as a result of the higher than normal rainfall expected.

Smith said Disaster Management will be supporting residents who do experience flooding during this time. Last year we gave assistance to about 235 000 residents with 600 000 meals and blankets.

“In many areas people have built structures in areas that are not suitable for human habitation. These are low-lying areas prone to flooding where it will annually flood. So there is a comparatively little from an engineering perspective that you can do to prevent the flooding but to support the communities affected” Smith added.



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