The recent deluge of fires across the Overstrand, has seen an increase in calls for assistance being placed by the public to the Overstrand Municipality’s Emergency Services. While the relevant personnel are readily on hand and suitably equipped to assist, they are, at times, being hampered in performing their duties and delivering a speedy and efficient service. This is due, in part, to the inability to find affected residential properties, sites or business premises where road signs have been damaged or removed or street numbers are not adequately displayed.
Executive Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, has therefore made an appeal to residents and business owners in the region to please assist the Municipality by ensuring that the street numbers of their respective properties are clearly displayed. “Unless your house or property number is visibly displayed, calling an ambulance, fire brigade or the police in the event of an emergency will be of no use at all. If these emergency services cannot find you, then they can’t assist and valuable time, which could be used to save a life or your property, would have been wasted,” said the Mayor.