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03/03/2017: City sends condolences to family of Dikeledi Matsheletja
03 March 2017
On behalf of the City of Johannesburg, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family of Dikeledi Matsheletja, a 14 year old girl whose life has been taken from us too soon.

Dikeledi slipped into a storm water drain in Braamfischerville yesterday following the heavy rains. The City’s Emergency Management Services worked relentlessly throughout the night to find Dikeledi. Search and rescue efforts continued today despite the difficulty caused by the rain. The body of Dikeledi was discovered this afternoon.

The City of Johannesburg’s Social Development Department has dispatched a social worker to assess the situation, as well as provide support and counselling services to Dikeledi’s family.

While extending my deepest condolences to Dikeledi’s family, I would also like to express my deep gratitude to the men and women who worked hard to ensure that Dikeledi’s body was found. I will be visiting the family tomorrow at 10am to extend my condolences in person and find out how the City can assist the family during this difficult time.

I urge communities to take note of the following flash flood safety tips:

When Outdoors:
• If you are outdoors and a flash flood is likely, get to higher ground immediately.
• Keep out of places that are likely to flood such as ditches or dry stream beds.
• Avoid already flooded areas and high velocity flow areas.
• Never attempt to run across flooding water when the water is above your ankles.
• If you are in a car during a flood, never drive through flooded roadways. Turn around and go the other direction.
• Do not walk into or near high water.
• Keep children from drainage ditches and storm water drains.

When in a vehicle:
• NEVER drive into water covering the road. You do not know how deep it is or if the road is washed away.
• Turn around and go the other way.
• Look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges and low areas.
• If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
• Be cautious, especially at night when visibility is impaired.
• Do not park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.

It is essential that we run a responsive and caring government. In line with this, R15 million has been allocated for emergency storm water interventions across the city through our adjustment budget which was passed in Council last week. A further R9.2 million has also been allocated for new storm water management projects to accommodate the increase in urgent storm water work in the current financial year and years to follow.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dikeledi’s family during this difficult time. May her soul rest in peace.

For more information please contact:
Nonhlakanipho Nedzamba
Stakeholder Manager
Office of the MMC – Health and Social Development – Dr Mpho Phalatse
Tel: (011) 407 - 6725
Cell: 072 596 9508
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Last Updated on 03 March 2017