Task team formed to assist severe wind victims

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REFILWE MEKOA

A task team has been appointed to assist Dihlabeng Municipality residents in Bethlehem who have been affected by severe wind storms.

Spokesperson Tsheliso Maitse said the municipality was hit by wind storms at Bohlokong location last week. Maitse added that close to 500 resident’s roofs were blown away and the wind storms caused extensive damage to people’s property and appliances. He said the municipality cannot quantify the damage as investigations are still continuing.

Maitse said the municipality provided the affected victims with sails to cover their damaged houses and have also provided some residents with corrugated iron.

“The mayor is appealing for fellow South Africans to assists maybe by providing corrugated iron, building materials or others they can contribute with their own hands just to help rebuild damaged houses. Any form of assistance is most welcome. The damage is huge and it needs extra help not only from the municipality,” he said.

Maitse explained that residents are still staying at their homes as they didn’t want leave their properties neither did they want to be taken to a centre.

A task team consisted of Dihlabeng municipal officials, representatives from Department of Cooperative Governance, Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, Department of Social Development and other stakeholders.