Teams across the City of Tshwane are working round the clock to ensure they respond to outages or service delivery disruptions brought about by rains as a result of Cyclone Eloise.
According to chief of staff Jordan Griffiths, the heavy rains and winds are immensely disruptive to city infrastructure and can uproot trees or caused streetlights to collapse, which can lead to power outages in different parts of the city.
“City of Tshwane electricity teams are on standby to ensure they respond speedily to prevent prolonged outages. I want to appeal to residents to be patient with us as the rains can result in multiple outages in different areas which can severely stretch the capacity of the available teams,” Griffiths said on Monday.
“Our emergency services department is also on high alert to respond if the heavy rains persist, as this can result in flooding. The teams are ready in case they need to deploy to provide support to the communities who are severely impacted by these weather events.
“There are various low-lying roads and bridges in the City of Tshwane. I would like to advise motorists to travel carefully in the wet weather. Should we face prolonged heavy rains, the Tshwane teams will move to close the roads and bridges which can flood and become a hazard to travellers.
“Please be safe on the roads this week as you travel to work and take the necessary precautions. We are monitoring the weather daily and taking advice from the South Africa Weather Service to ensure that we respond swiftly if the weather becomes more severe.”
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