Chairperson, recently the provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal laid to rest nine people who were struck and killed by lightning. This event left the entire community in mourning. We appreciate the provincial government's assistance in organising the funeral for the victims at Mthonjaneni. This week, we once again lost more lives due to lightning. This happened in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, when a group of young boys were struck by lightning while playing soccer in another ward of Mthonjaneni.
The growing incidence of people who die due to lightning is worrying and, as the ANC, we welcome the ongoing initiative by the provincial administration of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Cogta, to provide lightning conductors to mitigate the effects.
We send our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. I thank you. [Applause.]