An extraordinary meeting of the Western Cape Cabinet was held this morning regarding the incoming storm.
Provincial Disaster Management and the South African Weather Service briefed cabinet on the possible impact of the severe weather.
At this stage, current weather forecast methodology predicts:
Disaster Management is required to prepare for the worst and ensure that all the necessary precautions and operational plans are in place.
While our rescue agencies are well equipped and prepared to handle disasters, we strongly advise members of the public to stay off the roads and remain indoors. It is imperative that all measures are taken to avoid any harm or possible loss of life.
The work of the emergency rescue services will also be made easier if the roads are clear of unnecessary traffic.
We therefore urge members of the public to refrain from using the roads for non-essential purposes, starting from later tonight (Tuesday 6 June) and tomorrow (Wednesday 7 June 2017).
Cabinet supports the decision by the Western Cape Education Head of Department, Mr Brian Schreuder to close all schools in the province for one day on Wednesday (tomorrow).
The Department of Education has communicated with schools, across the province. This decision has been taken in the interests of the safety of our learners across the province.
These are extraordinary circumstances, which require the serious attention and consideration of everyone.
The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre has taken extensive measures to prepare for the worst possible conditions – while assisted by various emergency service agencies.
Members of the public are urged to pay regular attention to the various official Western Cape Government communication channels for updates throughout the 48 hour period. These include:
We will also be working closely with radio and television stations to provide official updates.
In case of emergencies, we encourage people to report any incidents on 112 or 10177. We further urge members of the public to desist from sending out any unauthorised communication. This could cause confusion and raise unnecessary panic.
The emergency numbers for each district are as follows:
Cape Winelands: Langeberg Municipality: 0860 88 1111
Eden District: 044 805 5071
Central Karoo: 023 414 2603
West Coast: 022 433 8700
Overberg: 028 271 8111
City of Cape Town: 107 landline or 021 480 7700
Under these extraordinary circumstances, Disaster Management are preparing for the worst, as they are required to do. In this instance, we err on the side of caution to ensure all necessary preparations are in place.Last published 06 June 2017