MD Message October 2015

1 Oct,2015MD Message

Since we last spoke we experienced devastating fires in Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and in the Free State. During the Limpopo fires we were able to mobilise resources from Gauteng and Mpumalanga to assist our ground crews in Limpopo.

Unfortunately we lost one of our very own participants, Samuel Ramokgaba, who was a brave environmental warrior who sacrificed his life to protect our environment. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and fellow team members. We will continue to provide support to his family and team during this difficult time.

We received high praises from our Minister Edna Molewa for having brought these fires under control and I want to commend the provincial management team and participants in Limpopo for having done an excellent job during these fires. More over thank you for having supported the family of Samuel during this difficult period.

We are now at the end of the 5th month of our Winter Fire Season and from all accounts this has been a very successful year for us as we have seen a significant drop in reported veld and forest fires. I still however urge all our participants to remain vigilant over the next month or so as our country is experiencing a severe drought in several provinces which may exacerbate the prevalence of runaway veldfires.

Safety remains our NUMBER ONE priority and I urge all of you to adhere to our Occupational Health and Safety Policies.

We still are deeply concerned about the spate of recent accidents with our fleet vehicles. I urge all our drivers to remain cautious and to adhere to the rules of the road at all times. In conclusion let me thank all of you for having participated in International Disaster Reduction activities throughout the country. We are proud that our integrated fire management activities throughout the year contribute significantly to Disaster Risk Reduction across SA.