The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Working on Fire (WoF) officially launched the provincial fire awareness campaign on Friday, 12 October 2018 at the Hawston Thusong Centre.
The fire awareness campaign is aimed to teach communities how to be Fire Safe, to prevent unwanted veld and forest fires, to raise awareness of the risk of veld fires and empower those at risk to take responsibility to reduce the risk and impact of fires in their communities.
“The value of fire awareness and fire safe preparation around properties cannot be over-emphasised,” said Moses Manganye, Western Cape General Manager for the Working on Fire programme.
In her address, Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion stressed the importance of partnerships in protecting people, property and the Cape Floral Kingdom. She called on the community to help fight fires by being vigilant and reporting fires sooner than later. “The quicker we get the firefighters on the scene, the less damage there will be at the end of the day.” In her closing remarks, she also thanked all stakeholders, including firefighters, law enforcement officers and traffic officials “for making our communities fire safe”.