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MEC's call for probe into lightning

By Mhlaba Memela and Sapa | 2011-01-04 07:41:15.0 | COMMENTS [ 7 ]

KWAZULU-Natal MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube yesterday called on the Department of Science and Technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people died in lightning strikes in the province.

"We will do an investigation and talk to the Department of Science and Technology on what is the cause of the lightning," Dube said.

She was visiting Makhimba, near Mpumazi in Eshowe, where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning on Sunday.

"Scientists from the department could perhaps help us and come up with instruments that could help community members protect themselves against lightning."

Four members of the Cele family - Samke, 2, Lindani, 12, Zandile, 37, and Edith, 57, - were killed when lightning struck their rondavel and burnt it to ashes.

The other victims belong to the Mahaye family.

They were identified as Velephi, 60, Aphiliswa, 2, and Senamile, 3.

Eight people were killed by lightning in the Eastern Cape on New Year's Day.

  • Meanwhile, health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo helped a badly injured woman found next to a stream in Makhimba yesterday before visiting the families of those killed by lightning.

Dhlomo, a medical doctor, stopped his convoy to assist a paramedic who was attending to the hurt woman.


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I might be wrong but I do think the fact that most dwellings in the rural areas have no tall tress anywhere around them makes them susceptible to lightning strikes. If there were taller structures around them surely that would attract the lightning away from the huts.

2011-01-04 09:47:01.0 | 0 replies

Indeed, I am sure though that a couple of well placed lightning rods would do the trick. I guess it would come down to money and who would pay for it and who would qualify, to put a lightning rod outside everyone's house would cost a lot.

2011-01-04 10:29:28.0 | 0 replies

@Nuheart - I support your view 100 percent especially if its a natural lightning. The MEC should not limit herself to the western perspective when conducting this research, make sure that the African perspective is also given a consideration in order to get a credible solution.

2011-01-04 10:29:44.0 | 0 replies

when it wa raining and thundering hard, was it last week or week B4, i ws chilling in ma lounge, i could c da lightining hitting or closely hitting da ground outside, it ws bluewish and some pinkish in colour.......
da weather 2day is dangerous, we hv lighting whch is extra ordinary, rains, winds, hail etc etc

2011-01-04 10:34:07.0 | 0 replies

Hayi khona investigate the causes of lightning? that is elementary education unless you did OBE....If she was saying they will enlist the dept of science and technology on how the impact could be minimise i would undrestand maybe..but causes? really now go collect your schoolfees back from your primary educators. Usihlekisa ngamabhunu maan.

2011-01-04 14:25:24.0 | 0 replies

the MEC does not know the causes of lightning? hayi khona guys that is primary school education unless she did OBE maybe. If she said she will enlist the dept of science and technology on how the impact of lightning can be minimised i would understand...but the cause? really now ,worse this happened in thatched houses,who does'nt know that a thatched roof attracts lightning? If I did not hear her on SABC news I would say Sowetan did not get the story right....but she said it......embarrassing really.

2011-01-04 14:32:38.0 | 0 replies

Hawu Zulugal, awazi hhini ukuthi there are people out there abakwazi ukuk'thumela ngezulu.......ngakini abekho abakwenzayo lokho? if not i can certainly give you loads of stories, especially up northern KwaZulu terretory where it is commonplace ukuthi if you dont smaak umakhelwane instead ukuthi umthakathe "uvele umthumele ngezulu". Ask people who reside in a place called KwaMahlab' Uyalingana. C'mon now Zulu, you should know these things; "African Science".

2011-01-07 09:09:17.0 | 0 replies