Nelson Mandela Bay Floods: RISE Mzansi conveys its condolences and calls for no resources to be spared

Remarks by
Gugu Ndima
June 3, 2024

RISE Mzansi conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in the recent flood-related incidents affecting Gqeberha and Kariega in the Nelson Mandela Metro. The latest reports indicate that the death toll has risen to seven, with one person still missing. Additionally, nearly 1,400 people have been evacuated due to the severe flooding. We urge the National Government to provide Local and Provincial authorities with the necessary resources and support to prevent further loss of life and ensure that those displaced are accommodated safely and with dignity.

We extend our gratitude to the Gift of the Givers for their timely intervention, as they have consistently done in times of crisis. The unusual heavy rainfall at this time of year underscores the urgent need for climate crisis planning and mitigation. We believe that development and economic growth can be achieved in an environmentally sustainable manner. Reimagining our development path is crucial to mitigating the impacts of climate change and building a fairer economy. State authorities must also assess and improve drainage infrastructure to prevent future flooding. RISE Mzansi stands in solidarity with the affected families and communities, offering our deepest condolences and support.

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