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WC to announce additional relief efforts for fire-ravaged Knysna

Devastating fires claimed the lives of seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

FILE: One of the volunteer ground crews conducts a clean-up operation in one of Knysna’s plantation forests. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Government is on Wednesday expected to announce additional relief efforts for fire-stricken Knysna.

Premier Helen Zille will on Wednesday chair a provincial Cabinet meeting in the town.

Devastating fires claimed the lives of seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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Zille’s spokesperson Michael Mpofu says: “Then the Cabinet will then proceed to conduct further site inspection to determine how else we can assist and what needs to be done in terms of rebuilding for the future.”

Despite the fires being contained, firefighting teams remain on high alert.

The provincial Local Government Department’s James-Brent Styan says that officials aren’t taking any chances.

“Most of the teams will remain on site, along with two helicopters from the air force, in the event that some big flare-ups occur but we’re not too concerned about that happening. We want to again thank everybody for the incredible hard work they’ve done.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)


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