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A rushing mighty wind

1 December 2013

This morning we went to Mamelodi East, as we do on alternate Sundays, for the Hours and Readers Service at Christina Mothapo’s house. But this time we just said a few prayers, and left, because they were busy trying to clean up the house after storm damage last Thursday.

A heavy hailstorm wept through Mamelodi East, and all the old township houses with corrugated asbestos roofs had holes in the roofs, including the Mothapo house.

Christina Mothapo's house, with plastic bags on the roof, to try to block the holes smashed through by the hailstones.

Christina Mothapo’s house, with plastic bags on the roof, to try to block the holes smashed through by the hailstones.

We took the Malahlela family back home, and they had had several windows smashed by the hail, and nearly every building we passed had all the windows on the south side broken by the hailstones.

Mamelodi East is a working class area, and most of the people living there have no insurance. All the people in our congregation had suffered damage to their houses from the storm. The corrugated asbsetos roofs are particularly bad. They were erected in the apartheid time, as council houses for rent, but when apartheid ended people were given the option of freehold ownership. But now asbestos is seen as unsafe as building material, so when the asbestos roof sheets are broken, they are difficult to replace, which makes life even more difficult for people living in such houses.

Christina Mothapo's house on the inside, in the sitting room where we normally hold services, showing the holes in the roof

Christina Mothapo’s house on the inside, in the sitting room where we normally hold services, showing the holes in the roof

We ourselves didn’t escape from storm damage.

Last night there was a rushing mighty wind at about 10:00 pm, with the trees doing an energetic dance that looked quite spectacular. Suddenly there were sounds of a dog fight, right outside the window, and there was a strange dog in our garden that our dogs had pounced on. We wondered how it had got in, and assumed it had been frightened by the storm, and run away, though that that point there was little thunder and lightning, and no rain, just the wind howling in the electric wires, and making the trees dance.

This morning we discovered how the dog had got in — the wind had blown down the wall between our garden and that of the neighbours.

The wall that blew down last night

The wall that blew down last night

We hope that the damage to this wall, unlike the roofs and windows of the people of Mamelodi East, will be covered by insurance.

Brick wall blown down by the wind

Brick wall blown down by the wind

On the way to Mamelodi we saw several other signs of the storms — mainly uprooted trees.

And when Val was taking Simon to work, there was a rather amusing sign — a Hummer stuck in the mud when it tried to cross the grass verge on to the main road instead of going around the proper way It seems that a Hummer isn’t actually an off-road vehicle, but was just made to look like one.

This Hummer, stuck outside the Botanic Gardens,  didn't get too far off road during the storms

This Hummer, stuck outside the Botanic Gardens, didn’t get too far off road during the storms

 

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  1. hiddensecrets16@yahoo.com permalink
    1 December 2013 4:40 pm

    Responding to the post of a rushing mighty wind, makes one think and realize the power of nature. There will be many who will claim that an act of this nature is the works of God. But! By taking a honest look of how the forms of nature have been and still are being destroyed by the scientific ingredients of mankind, one cannot blame God for the damage nature causes. As like all human life that has a unseen protective layer that surrounds the body, (known as the aura), so the earth too has a protective layer that protects the different forms of nature from being damaged. The aura around the body can also be damaged by negative forces, which breaks down the body causing illnesses physically, mentally and spiritually. So with the protective layer around the earth, which is damaged by negative forces, causes major global warming, earth quakes, storms, floods, etc. These negative forces are the gases that are released into the air by manufacturing plants, power stations, etc., creating holes in the protective layer around the earth. Mankind is destroying the stability of nature, and God cannot be blamed for the weather changes or the damage it is causing. Therefore, we must do our duty by assisting those who have become victims of nature’s revenge, and give them all the support they need. By Charles Allen. Pretoria

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