Gauteng and NW Province

Gauteng picks up the pieces after horrific hailstorm

Friday 29 November 2013

Gauteng emergency services officials had their hands full yesterday as a hailstorm and heavy rains hit parts of the province in the late afternoon.

Residents reported shattered windscreens, windows and roofs and social media was abuzz last night with amateur photographs of the damage.

At the Randfontein Golf Course large stones the size of golf balls were reported, while a car in the parking lot received extensive damage

Officials at the Johannesburg and Tshwane Emergency call centres reported that they’d been inundated with by calls from panicked residents.

While no injuries have been reported, Kagiso on the East Rand is one of the worst affected areas.

Several homes in the area were flooded, and property reportedly destroyed.

Kagiso Maithufi arrived home from work to find a trail of destruction,

“All I can say is that everything is falling apart, everything is wet even the curtains, windows are broken,” said local resident Kagiso Maithufi.

Maithufi’s neighbours also suffered similar losses and property damage.

With more rains expected many residents have said they don’t know where to turn, while Government officials are still to assess the extent of the damage.

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