Durban - The eThekwini Municipality which has seen the devastating effects of climate change in recent times has come up with an action plan to reduce carbon emission, Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda told international delegates in Durban on Thursday.
Welcoming international dignitaries who attended the 17th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, Kaunda said the plan would contribute in slowing down climate change in the area.
The four-day event is due to end on Friday. He said the city had last month presented the plan to the C40 Mayors World Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He said the city, like the rest of the world, was vulnerable to unpredictable weather changing conditions. He said the recent tornados to hit the province were a result of climate change. The tornados swept through parts of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and injured scores of people and destroyed homes. Another tornado swept through Bergville, to the north of KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday.
“Here in Durban we are also experiencing heavy rains and strong winds that damage homes and infrastructure. Two people also lost their lives when the walls and roofs of their house collapsed while they were asleep at Inanda, north of Durban.