Knysna rebuilding infrastructure following devastating fires

Knysna Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies says that preliminary figures indicate that over 600 properties were affected by runaway fires.

Things we lost in the fire. Remnants of lives. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – The Knysna municipality says that infrastructure rebuilding is underway in fire-ravaged areas.

The wildfires in the Eden District recently claimed the lives of seven people and displaced thousands.

Hundreds of properties were also damaged and destroyed.

Now that all fires in the area have been extinguished, officials have launched a massive community rebuilding initiative.

Knysna Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies says that preliminary figures indicate that over 600 properties were affected by runaway fires.

“We’ve actually seen quite a number of positivity and opportunities in rebuilding the town to being the town that we believe could be better and stronger than before.”

She has reiterated the importance of restoring the region’s economy.

“We need to make sure that we create jobs with the opportunities that we have, as they present themselves.”

Various government departments have collaborated to provide financial assistance to speed up the town’s revitalisation.