UPDATE: Building experts still probing damage in storm-hit Soweto


Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said the citys group risk advisory services would conduct a full risk assessment of the damage caused by the storm and a preliminary report was expected to be released by Friday, 1 January 2018.

JOHANNESBURG – Experts have assessed 4,500 homes in Protea Glen, Lufhereng and Lawley in Soweto following a storm that hit the area on December 30, 2017.

Two people were killed when the severe weather hit Gauteng, while 33 homes were damaged.

The City of Johannesburg, as well as the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), have been conducting risk assessments and probing the design and workmanship of the houses. 

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 “In the main, the damage to homes included failing roofs, collapsed boundary walls and altered homes, as well as wall cracks. The affected structures are said to be between one to 20 years old,” the NHBRC said in a statement on Monday. 

Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba promised assistance to the hundreds of families affected. 

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At the same time, more than 20 schools in Gauteng will not be able to start learning when the academic year opens on January 17.

The province&39;s education department said a number of schools were damaged by the storms and vandalism over the holidays.

Among them are Lenasia Secondary School, Ormonde Primary School, Buhlepark Primary School, Krugersdorp High School and Ratanda Primary School.

Four schools are affected in the Tshwane area.