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    Pretoria – The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has blamed the poor state of their equipment for failing to warn citizens earlier of the stormy weather that devastated parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

    SAWS CEO Jerry Lengoasa on Thursday said although a severe weather warning for the catastrophic thunderstorm was issued, he conceded that the message could have been delivered earlier.

    He said when the storm system started forming, one of the weather service's radars was down, which meant that the sending out of the warning was delayed by a couple of hours.

    "I can say we lost a little bit of time, a couple of hours, by not having it ready," Lengoasa told News24 after a media briefing at the SAWS head office in Pretoria.

    "However, because of our capability of also using satellite - the watch which basically says be aware there is an imminent system coming - [the message] was already issued on Sunday."

    Lengoasa said warnings were sent out on social and news media and the National Disaster Risk Management Centre was also notified of a weather watch.

    However, he believes this critical and potentially life-saving message did not reach enough of South Africans, in particular, those who needed the information the most.

    'Hardly scratched the surface'


    "It is abundantly clear that we hardly scratched the surface of those that needed to receive the information, before the events for rapid decision-making in the face of the hazard."

    Lengoasa said Treasury was approached for funding, adding that the SAWS urgently needed R30m in order to execute plans and systems to disseminate warnings to a larger audience.

    He said up to 80% of disaster risk management financing and expenditure was often spent on response and recovery and "not on early warning systems of which the weather service is a key and strategic part".

    The storm on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of eight people in KZN, has been classified as a supercell storm, which is the most intense class of a thunderstorm.

    Three tornadoes were observed in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State.

    Strong winds, hail

    SAWS issued a weather watch on Sunday afternoon for Monday that severe thunderstorms would hit parts of the North West, eastern parts of the Free State, northern and central parts of KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

    This was upgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning on Monday afternoon as thunderstorms moved into the Gauteng province from the west.

    The system then moved rapidly east affecting KZN, Durban in particular, on Tuesday, with severe urban flooding and high winds. Durban alone saw 108mm of rain in a 24-hour period.

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    I can confirm that the SAWS Durban radar has been offline for many weeks. Most of the rest of the story is self-justifying rubbish IMO...

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    The mind naturally wanders to ask why it was offline ... What combination of lack of maintenance and qualified operators, antique and unreliable equipment, poor management, a couldn't-care-less attitude by mgt and staff in cushy protected civil service jobs, poor communications systems and processes, and so on ...

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    With the track record for maintenance in this country, I'm not surprised at all.

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    10 years is not exactly old for a radar system. Sounds like they are fishing for a nice fat tender to replace everything rather than doing their jobs and maintaining it.

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    1. Ask for R30mil
    2. Hire an auntie to 'disseminate info to the masses' via twitter
    3. Profit??

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    Tender time! (With all the associated kickbacks & pocket lining that goes with it)
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    If only they'd stop wasting money like paying off their ex-CEO and maybe employing their allocation toward operational activities and not buying handbags and ****.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R13... View Post
    If only they'd stop wasting money like paying off their ex-CEO and maybe employing their allocation toward operational activities and not buying handbags and ****.
    This is "AffirmativeAction" for you. What exactly did you expect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ɹǝuuᴉM View Post
    This is "AffirmativeAction" for you. What exactly did you expect?
    What do theft and corruption have to do with AA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R13... View Post
    What do theft and corruption have to do with AA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slootvreter View Post
    LOL
    Is your definition of substance to serious questions limited to lols and lame memes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R13... View Post
    Is your definition of substance to serious questions limited to lols and lame memes?
    Sometimes that's all thjat's required, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slootvreter View Post
    Sometimes that's all thjat's required, yes.
    In my experience that is all you ever do. I'm yet to see you add anything meaningful to a conversation. To be fair to you there are topics you seem proficient at but let's not go down that road because it is down.
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