Earthquake affected areas declared disaster areas

Johannesburg - Several municipalities in the North West have been declared disaster areas following last week's earthquake, the premier's office said on Monday.

The areas affected were the Khuma, Jouberton, Vaal Reefs, Kanana, and Tigane townships in Matlosana local municipality, within Dr Kenneth Kaunda district municipality, said acting spokesperson Bonolo Mohlakoana.

"The declaration also covered Ramotshere Moiloa local municipality in Ngaka Modiri Molema district."

A toll free number, 0800 22 22 70, had been activated for communities to report damage, and for the public or interested organisations to call for donations.

"The Gift of the Givers will be on site tomorrow [Tuesday] in the declared areas to assist victims on the ground," Mohlakoana said.

A 31-year-old man was killed in a mining village near Orkney on Tuesday last week when a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region.

At least 34 miners were injured by the earthquake and more than 600 houses damaged.

Johan Steyn 2014/08/11 09:56:54 PM
But were several municipalities not disasters before the Earthquake?
Drummond 2014/08/11 10:02:32 PM
Talk about climbing on the band wagon
Grant Bullimore 2014/08/11 10:21:04 PM
The tenderpreneurs who 'built' these appalling houses should be brought to book. They get 'x' per house, build it with as little as possible and run of scoffing at their plunder whilst our citizens suffer, and we as the tax payer are robbed yet again by our moron government's inadequate actions. Step up to the plate and do something about this...
Anthoula Joshua 2014/08/11 10:27:36 PM
Don't all governments have a disaster relief fund for such events? Oh I forgot ours went into a building project named Nkandla and project Merc.
Arthur Harding 2014/08/11 10:40:44 PM
They should have realised the magnitude of the damage long ago. Just goes to show what has become of our emergency response wich not so long ago was one of the best in the world
Johan Steyn 2014/08/11 11:26:32 PM
@ Arthur. Interesting, you mention emergency response. I'd say the ability to respond is not there. This relates to the word response-able. This word relates to Nkandla being irresponsible meaning the inability to respond. This inability we can discuss for days but it will never bring those paid to be responsible to respond. That is why it is a hopeless state of emergency
Gert Barnard 2014/08/12 04:56:10 AM
Lucky break for the chancers out there!!