MD Message October 2016
Since my last message we have experienced a number of fires in Limpopo. However, we were able to mobilise resources from our ground crews in Limpopo.
We received high praise from landowners for bringing 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.
We are now at the end of the 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. This can be attributed to our Fire Awareness teams who educate our communities about fires. Our teams have also been working with landowners to put in place fire prevention measures.
I 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.
As the Western Cape gears up for its summer fire season with the launch of the Fire Awareness Campaign early this month, I urge all firefighters to adhere to our occupational health and safety policies as safety remains our number one priority.
In conclusion, let me thank all of you for having participated in the International Day for Disaster Reduction activities throughout the country. We are proud that our integrated fire management activities throughout the year contributed significantly to disaster risk reduction across South Africa.