Santam advises Cape Town residents on severe weather conditions

3 min read 18 August 2022

Santam, has cautioned Western Cape residents to be careful and to exercise extreme vigilance in the wake of heavy rain expected over the coming days.  

The SA Weather Service has advised the Disaster Risk Management Centre that Cape Town will experience heavy rain over the coming days. The South African Weather Service has issued a weather advisory and Thursday is expected to be the coldest day of the year, while Friday is expected to be the coldest morning with temperatures recovering slowly during the course of the day. The forecast predicts light snowfalls over the Western Cape mountains with rainfall between 40-50mm over the southern-western parts of the Western Cape on Wednesday afternoon into the evening. In addition, disruptive winds are forecasted along the coast between Cape Columbine and Plettenberg Bay. 

“Being as prepared as possible, will help prevent damage to your property or car. The cost to repair damage and replace vehicles varies according to the severity of storms.”

“Not only are the costs crippling, but the repair process can take months, depending on the availability of car parts and the capacity of approved motor body repairers,” Attie Blaauw, Personal Lines Underwriting Manager at Santam said.

So, how can South Africans in these regions prepare for the storm? Blaauw offers some tips to help activate disaster preparedness:

If you are on the road or your vehicle is parked:

When you are at home:

“Now is not the time to compromise on your insurance cover – it is very important to know exactly what you are covered for and for what amount. Consumers should make sure their policies are up to date and take a note of the insurer’s available emergency services. Choose an insurer that assists you in protecting your assets in severe weather situations by sending out weather alerts,” concludes Blaauw.

Santam policyholders are reminded that they can call the 24/7 claims and emergency helpline 0860 505 911 or lodge a query via the Santam client site or Santam app.