Heavy rainfall, since the early hours of Wednesday morning, has caused serious damage and chaos in several Cape neighbourhoods. On Wednesday, informal settlements in Khayelitsha, Hout Bay, Makaza, Masiphumulele and Macassar Village were flooded.

Roofs were blown off in Hangberg, Hout Bay, Durbanville and Somerset West. Roads across the metropole were flooded and several areas left without any power.

According to Chantel Alexander, City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, the informal settlements affected due to heavy rainfall overnight were Overcome Heights, Phola Park, Goliath Estate, Langa, Masiphumulele, Khayeltisha and Philippi.

“No emergency sheltering was activated,” Alexander said. “Many trees were uprooted across the City in the following areas: Durbanville, Ravensmead, Atlantis, Eversdal and Somerset West. These are being attended to by the Recreation and Parks Department.”

More power outages were reported in Philippi, Pelican Heights, Samora Machel, Strand and Nyanga.

“The Electricity Department will be attending to all reports,” Alexander added. “Various roads across the City have been flooded and these are being attended to by the Roads and Stormwater department.”

To report a weather-related emergency or damage, make use of the following contact details:

Electricity faults – City of Cape Town

31220 (free SMSes do not apply)

[email protected]

Electricity faults – Eskom supply area

0860 037 566

[email protected]

Traffic signal faults

24 hour telephone:
0800 656 463

Metro Police and Traffic Services

0860 765 423


021 480 7700 from your mobile or 107 from a landline.

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.