Community better prepared for fire season

23 May, 2015

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Community better prepared for fire season

23 May,2015Fire Awareness

Kokstad was one of the areas most hit by fires during the 2014 winter fire season. Fires ravaged properties, homes, cattle and there was loss of lives. Working on Fire organised a fire awareness campaign for Kokstad targeting land owners and farm workers.

Makhosi Dladla, KZN Community Fire Awareness Officer said, “Besides the June fires Kokstad was one of the regions that experienced the most fires recorded last year.” Land owners released their employees to be part of the campaign and the partners that did presentations were namely: Harry Gwala Disaster Management, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Kokstad Farmers Association, The Greater Kokstad Fire and Rescue and Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Programme.

Joyce Loza from the Maloti-Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation and Development Programme addressed the objective of the day and said that they are there to exchange vital information and build a stronger relationship with the Droewig community. “We are here to create a dialogue between the community members of Droewig, to talk about challenges and solutions in terms of fire in the area, not to tell you what to do but to have a set plan for the upcoming fire season.”

“We don’t want a repeat of last year’s horrific fires, we need to be proactive and form a structure or committee that can avoid 2014’s incident, where the community can have rules about burning in the area,“ Makhosi said.

DAFF is going to sponsor fire suppression equipment for the Droewig Community to ensure they are able to help themselves should an emergency arise during the winter fire season.

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