Tshwane emergency medical services (EMS) spokesperson Charles Mabaso said they remained “on high alert after Saws issued a level 2 warning for thunderstorms possible from late afternoon but mainly this evening or overnight, and calls upon residents to remain vigilant and report any life threatening emergencies”.
“According to Saws, the main concern is heavy rainfall, gusty winds, possible small hail,” he said.
At the weekend City of Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi urged residents to be cautious due to the weather conditions.
“Motorists are urged to exercise caution and avoid crossing flooded roads. Residents are also urged to use all heating devices safely and not to leave them unattended to prevent fire incidents at home.
“Disaster management monitoring teams have been dispatched in all seven regions of the city. [Johannesburg EMS'] swift water rescue unit, a specialised team which responds to water-related emergencies, is on high [alert],” he said.
Persistent heavy rain over large parts of KwaZulu-Natal has resulted in widespread flooding, school closures, roads collapsing and several accidents. The provincial co-operative governance and traditional affairs department urged residents to delay travelling on Monday.
“The latest level 5 weather warning from the SA Weather Service indicates that heavy rains will continue into the evening today [Monday] in large parts of the province, especially the eastern parts,” it said.
The Saws urged the public to avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams, “especially in cases where the water is more than ankle deep. Saws also recommends moving to higher ground if rising floodwaters threaten one’s safety.”