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Mopping up at Savannah Mall.

Storm damage rife in city during Festive Season

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The city experienced rather inclement weather over the Festive Season characterised by sporadic heavy downpours and strong wind that resulted in traffic congestion, power interruptions caused by fallen trees and the temporary closing of some businesses after flooding.
An abnormally heavy rain storm left the banking mall and some other businesses on the lower level of Savannah Mall flooded last Wednesday evening. According to Bok van Kraayenburg, Principal of Noordelike Eiendomsagente, labourers worked through the night and the next morning to clean up the area and business could resume in most of the shops and offices by noon the next day. “My business was also flooded and I am very grateful for the assistance provided by major tenants such as Checkers that were not affected but reached out to us with manpower and equipment to put us back in business after such a short time,” he said.
Sanél Honiball, General Manager of Savannah Mall thanked customers and tenants and their staff for their assistance and patience during the cleaning-up operation. “Most of the premises in the mall were unaffected and those that were affected were able to resume business on 3 January,” Honiball said.
Communications and Marketing Manager of Polokwane Municipality, Matshidiso Mothapo said several reports about trees that had fallen on roads were received. “Teams were dispatched to deal with the issues and traffic management services were dispatched where required,” Mothapo reported.
Mothapo thanked members of the public for their patience and cooperation and assured that all efforts will be made to clear up the affected areas.

Story: BARRY VILJOEN
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The offices of an estate agency in Savannah Mall was flooded.

Potholes that emerged in DieMeer Street after a heavy downpour.

Streets were blocked by fallen trees.

A fallen tree after the storm.