The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is concerned about the impending heavy rains as forecasted by the South African Weather Service, which issued an Orange Level 6 warning for disruptive rain in the region. The IFP places the safety and wellbeing of our communities at the forefront of its priorities and calls on all municipalities within KZN to take proactive steps in preparation for the anticipated severe weather.
These heavy rains, the expected result of a complex weather system, have the potential to cause significant disruption to daily lives, damage to infrastructure, and pose risks to residents’ safety. In light of this, the IFP would like to emphasise the importance of preparedness and the need for municipalities to lead by example in ensuring the safety and security of the communities they serve.
The IFP urges residents and stakeholders in KZN to stay updated with weather forecasts, prepare for emergencies, and support one another. We recommend proactive measures including staying informed about local evacuation routes and procedures, securing property against flooding, and limiting travel during heavy rains. Residents are also urged to prioritise road safety in difficult driving conditions by maintaining a safe following distance.
The IFP urges KZN municipalities to prioritise disaster preparedness and response. We suggest activating disaster management plans, clearing drainage systems, keeping the public informed, and collaborating with local organisations, emergency services, and community leaders. Regular updates and advisories will help residents make informed decisions.
As we face these challenging weather conditions, let us stand together, show resilience, and prioritise safety. For further updates, please stay tuned to official channels, including local government authorities, and the South African Weather Service.
Hon. Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
071 111 0539