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Garden Route: Post-fire plant regrowth patterns

By Cobus Meiring: The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI) “Following the devastating Knysna fires, there has been much speculation as to how nature will recover”, says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). Because…
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Statistics of the Knysna Inferno

From 7 to 12 June 2017, a devastating fire destroyed huge tracts of land and infrastructure in and around Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, burning down formal and informal housing, and claiming seven lives. The Knysna Inferno is regarded as one…

Counterfire

By Leah Moodaley Natural disasters create a climate for teamwork and synergy. Graeme Huddy shares how information technology played a role in fighting the Knysna Inferno.  Graeme Huddy took up the position of Information Technology (IT) Manager…

Climate change or not – we are all affected

By Cobus Meiring, SCLI “Whether you agree with the causes and effects of climate change or not – we are all affected by natural events of recent times”, says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). The severe…

Road to Recovery: Local Economic Development, Tourism and Open for Business

By Leah Moodaley LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Knysna Municipality’s Local Economic Development (LED) Manager, Ilse van Schalkwyk, sits down to share an economic perspective on the Knysna Inferno, focusing not only on the impact, but also…

Route to Recovery - Our role in the Garden Route Rebuild

By Leah Moodaley Dr Hildegarde Fast, Deputy Director-General of Energy Security for the WCG, was appointed to head the activities of provincial government in the Garden Route area. Dr Fast explains that the role of the WCG in rebuilding…
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Wonder Women

By Leah Moodaley Face to face with two of the Knysna Inferno’s female firefighters. Johanna Nicolaai and Charlene Taylor work as firefighters under the jurisdiction of Knysna Municipality. With Charlene in Sedgefield and Johanna in Knysna,…

Knysna Municipality invites people to participate in an expression of interest process

KNYSNA MUNICIPALITY INVITES PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PROCESS TO PROVIDE THE MUNICIPALITY WITH PROPOSALS FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE RECENT FIRE DISASTER Proposals are invited…
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10 Facts you should know about the Training Layoff Scheme

The Training Layoff Scheme provides an alternative to retrenchment whereby the employment relationship is suspended whilst employees go on a skills training programme The Training Layoff Scheme is entirely voluntary and is based upon…

Devastating wildfire in Portugal a replica of what happened in the Southern Cape (Knysna/ Plett) Fires

Exactly how the respective RSA/ Portugal fires started is almost academic by now, but, recent devastating wild fires in both Portugal and the Southern Cape were in intensified to the extreme by the prevalence of invasive alien plants, says Cobus…

After 39 square miles burn, the landscape rehabilitation continues

Article by Lucian Deaton  After a wildfire has made the headlines, the often unreported risks of soil erosion and flooding remains.  The difficult work of landscape restoration begins. In early June, wildfires burned over 39 square miles…

Veldfire Fuel Type H for Home

Article: Val Charlton, Landworks NPC When veldfires burn, a home is just more fuel in its path. Wildland firefighters in the USA call it fuel type H. Yet research in the USA has proven that, when firewise precautions have been taken, most…
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Update about asbestos in the Garden Route

An Accredited Asbestos Inspection Authority was appointed by Eden District Municipality to assess all the 1197 confirmed structures that were destroyed or damaged by the recent fire disaster in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The purpose of the…
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Stilbaai omgewing herstel stadig na Januarie brande

Artikel verskaf deur die Suid-Kaap Grondeienaars Inisiatief (www.scli.org.za) 'n Werksgroep van die die Suid-Kaap Grondeienaars Inisiatief, (SCLI), Die Suid- Kaap Brandbestrydings Assosiasie (SCFPA), die nuutgestigte Garden Route Rebuild…

Mudslide update

Article: Cabral Wicht In preparation of the anticipated rain over the weekend of 6 August, emergency services within the Eden District were placed on standby. Due to the impact of the recent fires, the rainfall increased the risk of mudslides…

Update on Garden Route Rebuild initiative

7 August 2017 - The Garden Route Rebuild (GRR) initiative has recorded significant progress since its establishment two weeks ago. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (7 August 2017) released an update on the work of…
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Zapping aliens

Article: Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa At very short notice WESSA tried to get the young folk to use just an hour on a Sunday afternoon to bring the family and pull out the small wattles that are regrowing after the fire…

Post-fire environmental rehabilitation

Article by Herman Pieters in collaboration with Pam Booth (Knysna Municipality) and Nandi Mgwadlamba (SANParks) The dry and warm climate trends across the globe are conducive to a variety of natural disasters. Dry weather makes green vegetation…

Here’s a novel way to help the Garden Route recover: Go there and ‘do’ tourism

Article by Tokozile Xasa Extract:- “This past week I learnt the people in Knysna [and Plettenberg Bay] are as tough and resilient as the indigenous fynbos that put the “garden” into the world-famous Garden Route. Following the devastating…

Five factors that produced the perfect inferno in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

Article by Mark Dixon June 2017 will be remembered by South Africans for decades to come. A historical moment when Mother Nature showed her true power and the only option was to get out of her path and watch in awe. For a week preceding…

Rare butterfly loses home too

Article by Aron Hyman and Bobby Jordan A BUTTERFLY that was found exclusively on a few hectares of land on the western bank of the Knysna Heads, has had its habitat wiped out by the fire. But the Brenton Blue itself may yet rise from the…