Garden Route Rebuild initiative making headway

5 Sep,2017Profiles, WoFire News

Following the devastating fires of June 2017 which caused major damage to properties and public infrastructure as well as loss of lives, Working on Fire teams in the Western Cape have started work on the Garden Route Rebuild initiative (GRR).

The GRR was launched by the Western Cape Government to coordinate all the public and private efforts to rebuild the Garden Route. Various areas of work are being coordinated through the GRR initiative.

Some of the key challenges are to stabilise the burned slopes which have created a risk of mudslides, dealing with the re-growth of alien vegetation and the continuing fire risk of people living next to wildlands.

Working on Fire has already deployed 45 firefighters and managers to start work on a fire buffer zone in the Knysna area. Other WOF teams will be stabilising high-risk slopes and working on fire risk mitigation interventions between Riversdale and Nature’s Valley.

These teams have been bolstered by the support of contractors from SANParks and Working for Water participants.

The GRR initiative is working closely with relevant provincial and national stakeholders, such as the national Department of Environmental Affairs and the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association.