Activists urge officials to prioritise climate change when rebuilding flood-hit KZN
The floods of 2007, 2019 and April 2022 offer compelling evidence that the frequency and intensity of flooding demands long-term planning and interventions
Bobby Peek, director of non-profit environmental justice organisation Groundwork SA, told Business Day that local and provincial government must provide improved settlements and better services so storm waters don’t flood homes.
“It’s about building back stronger settlements for the poor. That’s what we call part of our just transition. As President Cyril Ramaphosa has so often said, we are leaving no-one behind, because we have a just transition. People think that a just transition is only about energy and moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy. No, a just transition is about society [progressing] in all its different aspects.” This will also include health services, considering that more than 80 hospitals and clinics were damaged in the recent floods. ..