MEDIA STATEMENT: KZN SPEEDS UP ROLLOUT OF LIGHTNING RODS AS BAD WEATHER CONTINUES TO PLAGUE PROVINCE

Isambane News 15037140_1161806383914016_6073039316955554038_n-200x300 MEDIA STATEMENT: KZN SPEEDS UP ROLLOUT OF LIGHTNING RODS AS BAD WEATHER CONTINUES TO PLAGUE PROVINCE  Isambane

Isambane News 15027987_1161806380580683_5876673570271382541_n MEDIA STATEMENT: KZN SPEEDS UP ROLLOUT OF LIGHTNING RODS AS BAD WEATHER CONTINUES TO PLAGUE PROVINCE  IsambaneKZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZN) under the leadership of MEC Dube-Ncube continues its rollout of lightning rods to lightning-prone areas across the province.
KZN has during the past two weeks lost four lives as a result of lightning strikes, most recently the lives of two siblings at the Gina household (Snethemba, 19, and Thembelani, 12) in the area of Ezimbabaleni at Nongoma in Zululand.
A delegation from the provincial government visited this family today, led by MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda, who conveyed condolences on behalf of government to the family.
Mbhekeleni Gina, 63, who is the father of the deceased siblings, explained that the incident took place last Saturday while the family were gathered in their rondavel when the heavy rains hit the area.
The grieving family subsequently received groceries from the provincial government and social workers were dispatched to assist in terms of any counselling needs to help the family cope with the tragedy.
Meanwhile KZN Cogta is continuing with its rollout of lightning rods in rural communities n areas that are prone to lightning strikes. MEC Dube-Ncube has also urged communities to purchase these rods at their local hardware shops as the best available protection from lightning strikes.
“Lightning rods have been installed at the Gina household and the surrounding households. Our rollout is limited in scope to public areas and to special cases but we urge communities to invest in these rods for their personal protection,” said Dube-Ncube.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403 or Msawakhe Mayisela 060 966 4220
Date: 14 November 2016
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