KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala revealed that the province has not received funds to fix the damage caused by the deadly floods. Zikalala was on Saturday briefing members of the joint ad hoc committee from the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces.
The R300 million in contingency reserves is being considered
He shared that temporary housing units for people in shelters were planned to be built. Zikalala also confirmed that to date, 88 people are still unaccounted for in KZN. He added that search and rescue missing to locate the missing individuals were underway.
Speaking about the second flood that hit KZN, Zikalala said it had exacerbated the damage that was already done. MPs inquired about the R300 million in contingency reserves in KZN and the Premier said the funds were being considered.
Elaborating on the funds, Zikalala said the entire R300 million could not be released. He explained that the province could run into problems in future if there was nothing left in the reserves.
KZN government is working despite a lack of allocation
At the moment, the KZN government is working on providing temporary housing units and repairing damaged infrastructure such as schools, bridges and roads. While no allocation has been received, Zikalala emphasised that this does not mean a lack of cooperation, reports IOL.
“There is no allocation that has been received as yet. Whatever we are doing for now, we are doing it from our own baseline. That does not mean there is no cooperation, there is cooperation but we have to follow due processes. In this regard we need to submit a comprehensive report to the National Disaster Management Centre. A comprehensive report was done and submitted. But as it was submitted, further damage happened last weekend. We will need to provide an additional report to that,”said Zikalala.
No other funds will be allocated to KZN for floods this year – Treasury
Senior official in the National Treasury Mampho Modise said that R1 billion has already been allocated to deal with the floods in KZN. Treasury indicated that there was no need for a Special Appropriation Bill for the floods in the province.
Funds have been allocated to the province through various government systems. Modise was speaking to the standing committee on appropriations on Tuesday, 3 May.
She further explained that there be no other funds allocated to deal with the KZN floods over the course of 2022. Over 430 people died in KZN due to the floods and an insane amount of money is needed to fix roads, bridges, houses, damaged businesses and infrastructure.’ Read the full story here.