Johannesburg - Mpumalanga co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Simon Skhosana has handed over relief supplies to residents affected by flooding in the Nkomazi local municipality near Badplaas, the department said on Tuesday.
Skhosana, accompanied by Nkomazi mayor Thulisile Khoza, handed over food parcels and blankets to the 38 affected families on Monday, department spokesman George Mthethwa said in a statement.
“The provision forms part of the government's relief effort for the affected families,” Mthethwa said.
Skhosana also visited several bridges in Mzinti, Tonga and Mlumati, in the province, to determine the extent of the damage caused by heavy rain and flooding in the area.
He said the department was co-ordinating reconstruction of the damaged bridges and the matter had been discussed with sector departments.
He urged road users to avoid the damaged bridges and to use alternative roads in the area.
“We urge our people not to risk their lives by crossing them until it is safe to do so,” Skhosana said.