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Garden Route fires: team visits to assess rehabilitation funding applications

A team of ten people - including quantity surveyors, project managers, environmental consultants, and engineers - is currently working in the Garden Route to assess applications for grant funding in the wake of the storms and fires that tore…
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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,…