Thunderstorm damages 13 schools in Nkomazi

A thunderstorm wreaked havoc and damaged 13 schools in Nkomazi last weekend.

The MEC for Education, Bonakele Majuba visited Sidlamafa Secondary School which was the most affected compared to the other schools.

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Nkomazi Local Municipality also reported that about nine villages were affected by a thunderstorm. Various houses were left damaged leaving some residents without a roof over their heads.

According to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, at least 200 houses and 14 schools were flooded,

“Assistance is being provided to the affected families. The MEC was accompanied by the Head of Department to deliver interim relief to families in Ward 25, Langeloop, which had been the hardest hit. Tarpaulins, foam mattresses, blankets, food parcels, and gel stoves were among the items provided as part of the relief effort.”

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Disaster management teams from the Province, Nkomazi Local Municipality, and Ehlanzeni District Municipality are continuing to assess the situation and are visiting all affected residents in Nkomazi.

The Grade 12 National Senior Certificate Examinations will not be affected. The Department of Education said they will work with school governing bodies to monitor progress.

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