Insurance companies declare Gauteng floods a catastrophe

Several insurance companies have declared the recent Gauteng floods as catastrophic.

Executive Head for Claims at Santam, Ebrahim Asmal, says they have received over 900 claims so far.

When a situation like this has been declared a catastrophe, it means claims do get to be processed very quickly.

Asmal says the weather alerts that they send out to customers started being heeded after the 2012 hail storms that hit Gauteng.

He says this year's storm has been an exceptional one and they made sure they could help people in need.

We spoke to our suppliers and had a special assessment yards set up so that we can assess these claims quickly.

Ebrahim Asmal, Executive Head for Claims at Santam

We also extended the working hours so that people can complete their jobs everyday

Ebrahim Asmal, Executive Head for Claims at Santam

Listen further to hear all about interventions put in place by Santam in dealing with dire weather conditions:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
What to do if you have experienced flood damage in your home

What to do if you have experienced flood damage in your home

Risk of losing everything is very possible with the current heavy rains, and here's what you can do to replace your belongings.

PICTURES: Houses damaged after tornado sweeps through Ennerdale

PICTURES: Houses damaged after tornado sweeps through Ennerdale

Various areas around Gauteng have been experiencing unusual weather conditions since last week, including flash floods.

Dam levels only increased by 2.5% after heavy rains

Dam levels only increased by 2.5% after heavy rains

Water Dept says people must continue saving water as flash floods don't solve the problem or have much effect on dam levels.

Flood damage creates havoc to Joburg traffic lights

Flood damage creates havoc to Joburg traffic lights

The Johannesburg Road Agency has been working around the clock to fix the traffic lights damaged in the floods.

Road drain blockages are big danger during floods (and here's how to avoid them)

Road drain blockages are big danger during floods (and here's how to avoid them)

UCT lecturer Prof. Neil Armitage says better planning and preparation needed for flood management, and floodways need to be open.

FLOOD PICTURES: Mashatile to help Alexandra victims

FLOOD PICTURES: Mashatile to help Alexandra victims

Six people have lost their lives after flash floods caused by heavy rain in parts of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.

Cold front expected in Cape Town, cool and wet weekend for Gauteng

Cold front expected in Cape Town, cool and wet weekend for Gauteng

Weatherman Simon Gear forecasts rain for Gauteng and the Cape.

Cold events such as Tembisa tornado a blip on the radar - environmentalist

Cold events such as Tembisa tornado a blip on the radar - environmentalist

A tornado swept through parts of the East Rand, leaving over 20 people injured and multiple businesses and vehicles destroyed.

Popular articles
Ramaphosa unveils statue of Madiba at UN headquarters

Ramaphosa unveils statue of Madiba at UN headquarters

The 1.9 metre statue is said to be a gift from South Africa to the international community.

WC DA leader refuses to hand over electronic devices as party probes media leak

WC DA leader refuses to hand over electronic devices as party probes media leak

Western Cape DA leader Bonginkosi Madikizela confirmed that he was asked to hand over his devices but he says that he refused.

Ramaphosa's new advisory team has 6 months to draw up national land reform plan

Ramaphosa's new advisory team has 6 months to draw up national land reform plan

Land researcher Prof. Ruth Hall says the panel faces an exciting challenge to see how government can fix the land reform process.

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.