Vaal Marina in Gauteng was hit by a tornado Monday morning, leaving 50 people injured.
The destructive tornado has left many families without shelter, according to Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi, around300 families have reported damage to their homes.
"The municipality is assisting displaced residents with temporary shelter, and will begin assessing the extent of the damage and the estimated cost of rebuilding," said the mayor in response to the need for assistance in the area.
The news of a tornado hitting South Africa might come as a shock to some, as tornadoes aren't widely known to occur in the country. However, tornados have occurred regularly in the Gauteng area in the past.
This is the BIGGEST tornado I've ever seen footage of in South Africa. This was taken in Deneysville by Bettie Bezu… https://t.co/VsIakVPA5u— Storm Report SA (@Storm Report SA) 1513021444.0
@Chris_Mayimele @PieterHowes Correct! There is such a thing as the tornado belt running across South Africa. Howeve… https://t.co/pAPZI2jlZ3— Lezanne (@Lezanne) 1513067355.0
Another #Tornado hits South Africa, this time in the Mpumalanga and Vaal area. 😱 https://t.co/9n4fFS5Yc8— Sheldon Cameron (@Sheldon Cameron) 1513061989.0
Some pics of the tornado damage in Vaal Marina, Northern Free State, South-Africa @ReedTimmerAccu https://t.co/h2nrHrNtRd— chris volbrecht (@chris volbrecht) 1513066415.0
Another angle of the Deneysville tornado today from Betty Bezuidenhout via JJ v Rooyen! @ReedTimmerAccu https://t.co/nna1Ft22gF— Storm Report SA (@Storm Report SA) 1513021787.0