KZN News Bites: Flood warning for Ladysmith 

Sihle Mavuso presents the latest news from KwaZulu-Natal. 

Ladysmith – The Alfred Duma municipality in flood-prone Ladysmith in northern KwaZulu-Natal is on high alert for flood warnings as heavy rains continue to batter the area. On Monday, the municipality told residents not to resist evacuation orders as soon as its disaster teams alert them to danger. Mayor Zama Sibisi also warned residents not to try to cross flooded rivers.

Ballito – The exclusive estates of Ballito and Simbithi in the KwaDukuza municipality in the north of Durban have been plunged into daytime darkness. This is after the ANC-run municipality announced it is undertaking routine maintenance and switching to new power equipment in the area. The first cut-off started on Monday at 8am and is set to end at 6pm. It will kick in again on Tuesday at the same time. The second phase of the blackout will take place on 13, 14 and 15 May. 

Pietermaritzburg – More woes for the Pietermaritzburg-based Piggy Farm project after the National Consumer Commission announced it will probe the troubled agricultural establishment after receiving complaints about the project. Early this year the business faced challenges when Nedbank closed its bank accounts containing R16- million but refused to divulge to Scrolla.Africa why it took the drastic step. 

Zululand – The IFP Zululand district municipality has been ordered to reinstate Khabo Nene, its embattled director for community services. The municipality has been ordered to pay Nene’s salary from December 2023  to March 2024. Nene was fired by the municipality after the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance said she was not qualified for the job. However, she took the matter to the Pietermaritzburg High Court and won her job and salary back. The municipality has until this Friday to take her back, however, it has indicated it will appeal the ruling.

Durban – The DA’s premier candidate for KwaZulu-Natal, Chris Pappas, has outlined how the party intends to create 300,000 jobs if it becomes part of the next government in the province after the 29 May elections. Pappas said they have a three-pronged strategy that entails investing in infrastructure, investing in small and large businesses and making it easier for job seekers to find jobs. He outlined the party’s vision on Monday during the DA’s ready-to-govern summit in Durban.

Pictured above: Heavy rain in Ladysmith. 

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