Durban - Durban residents can breathe a sigh of relief because no more heavy rains are predicted for the rest of the week.

While government departments scrambled to attend to the damage caused by the storm, Aslam Sardiwalla, weather forecaster at the SA Weather Service, said the heavy rains that had lashed the province for the past few days had stopped.

Sardiwalla said the weather on Wednesday would be partly cloudy and fair; Thursday, light rain was expected in the evening with more of the same on Friday morning; on Saturday, thunderstorms were expected; with sunny conditions on Sunday.

He said the rains were caused by a column of low pressure that moved from the upper air to the surface. The column which was moving across the country normally brought heavy rains when it met with low pressure air.

The storm was moving out of the province and into the Indian Ocean.

Sardiwalla said snow was predicted for the south-western areas of the province, and areas near Lesotho.

Snow was also expected on high-peak areas.

Snow Report on Tuesday said snow was falling in a number of places around the country and province.

Some of these areas included Swartberg and mountains near Underberg.

According to Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), the department was instructed by Premier Willies Mchunu to co-ordinate response efforts around the province.

The storm damaged hospitals, factories and homes, among other buildings.

“Most of eThekwini was affected by strong winds with heavy downpours, resulting in the falling of trees and some housing infrastructure in uMlazi, eManzimtoti and Montclair,” he said.

Mabaso said all weather-related incidents were to be reported to local ward councillors.

Weziwe Thusi, acting Cogta MEC, said: “We warn those living next to river banks and low-lying areas as localised flooding is expected along the coast and in many parts of the South Coast and eThekwini metro.”


The eThekwini Municipality said it was working to restore electricity to all rain-affected areas.

Tozi Mthethwa, eThekwini communications head, said: “Portions of the supply to Metrorail and Transnet are still off and municipal staff are on site, working round the clock, to restore power through alternative networks.”

Mthethwa said the municipality’s call centre was also inundated with calls and urged people to SMS any complaints to 0837000819 or e-mail [email protected]

Faults

She said more than 500 faults that affected large areas were reported to the municipality yesterday, and the numbers increased as the day progressed.

Teams fixing the faults tried to switch customers to alternative networks to deal with outages.

Some of the hardest hit areas, among others, were Lindelani, uMhlanga and Mobeni.

Meanwhile, the stormy weather also disrupted proceedings in most courts in Durban which were forced to roll over cases.

Most courts closed at 12pm to allow staff to go home.

The three suspects accused of the murder of retired Chatsworth principal Gona Pillay were expected to apply for bail at the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court yesterday, but the matter could not proceed because the court had to close early.

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