Some of the residents, whose houses were damaged by the windstorm in Mayflower, are still struggling to repair or rebuild their homes.
The area was hit by a windstorm on December 30, damaging more than 20 houses. Executive Mayor, Cllr Daniel Nkosi, and the Gert Sibande District Municipal Executive Mayor, Cllr Walter Mngomezulu, visited the families after the incident and some of those who needed assistance, were helped. However, some of the families are still struggling to recover and are pleading with members of the public to assist where they can.
Phindile Nkosi (56) and her six kids are still living with her parents after the storm damaged their house and as she is without a jog, only depends on asocial grant and cannot afford to rebuild her house. “The municipality assisted where they bout, but I need to rebuild my house so that my kids can go back to a more comfortable home. I am grateful that my parents helped us in time of need but we have overstayed our welcome,” she said.
Wellem Mgiyeni (45) said he was still covering his roof house with plastic since the storm and he had been trying to save some money so that he can rebuild his house. “I am the only bread winner of the family of seven and it’s hard to put money together so that I can put a better roof at my house. I would like to plead with those who can to help me and family,” he said.
Mayflower was not the only area that hit by this storm in Onbekend in Carolina.
More homes were damaged by another windstorm on December 20. Preliminary assessments by the disaster management team indicate that more than 12 houses were badly damaged by this storm. It also damaged the Eskom powerlines.
No injuries were reported during both storms.
On 30 December 2022, Nkosi and Mngomezulu visited the Mayflower families who were affected and an assessment is currently being undertaken by the CALM and GSDM disaster management teams and will revert back to the community with plans for aid. To date, families have received blankets, tents, gel stoves and food parcels.