City issues extreme weather warning

Sheraton complex in cascades flooded due to yesterdays storm
File: Sheraton complex in cascades flooded due to storm

Msunduzi Communications manager Thobeka Mafumbatha said the municipality had received an alert from the South African Weather Service and wished to reiterate the warning with specific reference to its citizens as follows;

The warnings include:

  • Severe Thunderstorms:
  • Severe thunderstorm with possible large hail and damaging winds has been predicted.
  • Flooding:
  • Localised urban flooding is possible in parts of Pietermaritzburg today
  • Heavy rain:
  • Heavy rain (>50mm/24hours) is expected.

The community is once again urged to

  • Take precautions when travelling and be sure their vehicles and animals have appropriate shelter.
  • Persons residing in low-lying areas are to be extra cautious due to the

Localized flooding, with special attention being focused on places like Jika Joe, Sobantu, Kwa Pata, Esigodini, and any other residential area bordering a stream or river.

  • Low level bridges are of special concern with focus on bridges over the Msunduzi River based at Esigodini, Georgetown, Sobantu and Lincoln Meade. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use alternate routes around these points.
  • Due to the deluge expected, storm water drainage systems may be compromised and residents must be warned of roads and kerbs being flooded as a result.
  • Electrical supply systems and water supply may also be compromised and residents are advised to prepare themselves for any outages and/or water supply shortages.
  • The public is urged to limit their travelling to what is necessary.


Msunduzi Emergency Services control centre contact details (fire, rescue, accident, traffic control, policing, and Disaster Management):

0800033911 or 0338455911.


Essential Services Call centre number for services (roads, electricity, water, sanitation, transportation) outages are: 0333922955, Call Centre 0800001868.


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