Transnet says it has started increasing supplies of jet fuel to the OR Tambo International Airport to address the shortage currently being experienced at the airport.

Dwindling supplies of jet fuel have affected several international flights, with airlines having to divert flights to other airports to refuel.

Spokesperson, Ayanda Shezi says the repair of Transnet infrastructure, damaged in the recent KwaZulu-Natal floods, is being fast-tracked to ensure the increased delivery of fuel to facilities in Gauteng.

She says they hope to have the shortages addressed as soon as possible.

Read Transnet’s full statement here.

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Police minister Bheki Cele says more than 4,800 police officers have been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to assist with law enforcement- and clean-up operations.

Cele provided an update on the current security situation in the province and said the law enforcement officers would be doing duty in the province for the next few weeks.

The Minister says more than 28,000 people have already been assisted, between 8 and 19 April.

Meanwhile, authorities in KZN adjusted the official death toll due to the floods.

The latest confirmed death toll now stands at 435.

Fifty-four people are still missing.

Get the latest flood-related updates here.

Follow the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government’s latest updates on Twitter.

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The Solidarity Fund says it will now disperse funds to assist flood-affected residents of the KwaZulu-Natal province.

After its set-up in 2020, the Fund recently announced that it will wrap up its operations at the end of September 2022.

Spokesperson Didi Masoetsa says the knowledge & experience they garnered during the Covid-19 pandemic, would be valuable in the roll-out of emergency funding to affected residents in KZN.

Masoetsa says residents there urgently need access to food and clean drinking water.

Access the latest Solidarity Fund news and updates here.

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