March 05, 2007
Township areas outside Klerksdorp were without power on Monday night, following the weekend's FREAK storm that damaged around 1,900 homes. They were also without water, except for what authorities were scheduled to provide in tankers. And many houses will remain without roofs. Reminders of the chaos that started at around 2pm on Sunday were uprooted trees and sheets of mangled corrugated iron strewn about the streets or wrapped around electricity poles. The Matlosana Council area, incorporating the mining towns of Stilfontein, Klerksdorp and Orkney, is more used to disturbances coming from underground. An earth tremor damaged houses in Stilfontein in 2005. "We are used to earth tremors. We don't expect this from the sky."