Knysna officials establish ‘war room’ to assess fire damage

A massive rebuilding project is underway in the town and surrounding districts.

Residents look onto the remains of 40 shacks that burnt down in White Location, an informal settlement in Knysna. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Authorities, including geological experts, will be further assessing Knysna this week following devastating fires.

A massive rebuilding project is underway in the town and surrounding districts.

Seven people died and thousands of others had to be evacuated last month.

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Knysna municipal officials say that a war room has been established to assess the damage following the Southern Cape inferno.

Seven hundred homes were completely gutted and around 150 informal settlement structures were destroyed.

Knysna Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies says that a joint local government and provincial team will oversee rebuilding efforts.

“Teams of people will be here to assesses slopes that could collapse and cause further damage, and we don’t want that. We will also continue to assist those in informal settlements.”

Approximately 30 properties in the town's hospitality sector were gutted in the disaster.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)