Minister commends firefighters for saving lives and protecting the environment
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has commended Working on Fire firefighters for saving lives and protecting the environment.
“These young men and women, who are all well trained to fight wildland fires, are a clear example of the success of the Department’s programmes in training our youth to not only help save lives but also make an invaluable contribution in protecting our environment,” said Minister Molewa recently .
The Western Cape has experienced an early start to its 2016 summer fire season. Over the weekend of 19 and 20 November, teams from across the province battled three fires that raged in the Table Mountain National Park and in the Southern Cape.
Working on Fire (WOF) provided just over 100 firefighters in four teams, one spotter plane, a water bomber and a helicopter to fire authorities. WOF sent an additional 100 firefighters to help the Cape Winelands District Municipality and CapeNature contain the Banhoek fire which also started on 19 November in Jonkershoek, near Stellenbosch.
“We would like to wish our Working on Fire participants a safe Summer Fire Season in the Western Cape and we extend our gratitude and thanks for the great work they are doing,” Minister Molewa said.