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Lack of skills contributes to slow progress of disaster management in Emfuleni and Sedibeng.

VANDERBIJLPARK - Parliament said in a statement the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Flood Disaster Relief and Recovery concluded an oversight visit to the Emfuleni Local Municipality and Sedibeng District Municipality on Wednesday, 8 November. Following the oversight visit, the committee noted that the Emfuleni Local Municipality and Sedibeng District Municipality, did not submit funding requests, despite experiencing flood disasters recently. The committee expressed concern over the slow implementation of disaster relief due to a lack of skilled personnel in the local government. The committee observed slow progress in disaster recovery measures at various sites, including Selbourne and Falcon Road in Emfuleni. The committee noted residential units built on flood plains raised concerns as they are susceptible to damage during natural disasters. Despite government funds for relief, progress remains sluggish. The committee called on Gauteng MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr. Mzi Khumalo for a detailed implementation plan with time frames for effective monitoring. The committee plans further engagement to ensure that the needs of the citizens of Emfuleni and Sedibeng municipalities are addressed.

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