Let love be the light that guides the way

At the heart of our festivities around this time of the year lies a core message: goodwill.

And it is in the spirit of that message that my fervent wish for this Festive Season is that all of us will uncover the true meaning of love anew.

If we can bestow goodwill - a gift that is so dear yet costs so little – we will truly be able to embody the spirit of unconditional love that is such a crucial part of building the caring communities, we all long for.

Bestowing goodwill simply implies that we will respect one another, be just in our dealings with one another and be that trustworthy, responsible person the next person can rely on.

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The Fire Danger rating predicts how a fire would behave if one started, including how difficult it would be to control.

The five possible Fire Danger Index (FDI) ratings are your trigger to be prepared and act.

These are:
• SAFE (Blue)
• MODERATE (Green)
• DANGEROUS (Yellow)

When you see a "RED" day on the Fire Danger Index, know that there is an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS warning for runaway wildfires.

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The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) re-opened one lane of the R44 Clarens Drive between Rooi Els and Gordon’s Bay for traffic on Tuesday afternoon, 20 December 2022, while repair work is under way on the other lane.

The traffic flow would be managed through stop/go signs.

Waiting times could be as long as two to three hours depending on the type of work being done, although every attempt would be made to stick to shorter waiting times.

While the roadway may seem in a good condition following the clean-up operations, there are sections where the road surface has been undermined and is not safe for any weight.

The road may be closed for safety or operational reasons at any time and without prior notice.

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Onrus experienced perpetual uninterrupted power outages over the past long weekend of 16 December 2022.

This is apart from the ‘normal’ load shedding schedule stages 5 and 6.

After discussions with Eskom, part of the problem for not detecting the fault(s) sooner were caused by trees growing over, into and alongside overhead electrical cables.

This is especially dangerous, particularly during stormy weather conditions when branches can be knocked onto power lines.

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Eskom customers in Onrusrivier/Vermont and surrounding areas are urged to switch off stoves, geysers, pool pumps and all electrical appliances to prevent possible tripping of electricity when supply is restored after load shedding or power interruptions.

Tuesday, 20 December 2022: Eskom customers in Onrusriver/Vermont and surrounding areas are advised to switch off stoves, geysers, pool pumps and all electrical appliances during load shedding. This is to prevent inrush current and possible tripping of electricity supply when supply is restored to large areas after load shedding.

Once the electricity has been restored, customers should wait at least 30 minutes before switching on stoves, geysers and pool pumps to avoid possible tripping of electricity.

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