The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is deeply concerned about the severe weather conditions, including strong winds and storms, affecting Cape Town, Johannesburg, and other regions across the country. The federation warns of the devastating effects these weather patterns may have, particularly on the most vulnerable members of our society, including residents of informal settlements and the homeless.

FEDUSA calls on national and local government officials to urgently prioritise the needs of these marginalised groups and other communities negatively affected. Plans on how services will be carried out during the winter must also be put in place to protect vulnerable communities. Immediate action is required to provide shelter, healthcare, and emergency services to those most at risk during this tumultuous period. The federation urges the government to deploy resources effectively to prevent the loss of lives and property.

FEDUSA has also consistently raised alarm the broader implications of these severe weather events as a manifestation of the ongoing climate change crisis. Such patterns not only disrupt the daily lives and work of South Africans but also signal the urgent need for a consistent and comprehensive approach to these challenges. The interruption of work due to climate-related incidents has significant economic and social ramifications, affecting the livelihoods of millions.

FEDUSA refers to its climate change policy, which advocates for the development and implementation of consistent and thorough plans to protect South Africans from the adverse effects of climate change. The federation continues to lead in raising awareness and pushing for sustainable practices that will mitigate the impact of climate change on our environment and society.

Consistent with this resolve, FEDUSA calls for a collaborative effort among government, businesses, and civil society to enhance resilience against climate change. This includes investing in sustainable infrastructure, promoting green jobs, and supporting the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

The federation reiterates the importance of addressing the immediate challenges posed by the inclement weather while also focusing on the long-term strategies needed to combat climate change.