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Tropical Storm Eloise Declared National Disaster

February 26, 2021

Department of Cooperative Governance

Tropical storm Eloise and the summer seasonal rains have been declared a national disaster.

The cooperative governance department announced the declaration in Government Gazette 44184 in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

This follows the classification earlier this month of strong winds and floods due to tropical storm Eloise and the summer seasonal rains by the National Disaster Management Centre as a national disaster.

The cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, declared the national state of disaster “having recognised that special circumstances exist to warrant the declaration of a national state of disaster”.

Section 27(2) of the act empowers the minister to make Regulations and issue Directions or authorize the issuing of Directions in order to assist and protect the public; provide relief to the public; protect property; prevent and combat disruption or deal with the destructive nature and other effects of the disaster.