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26 water tanker trailers for district municipalities

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Northern Cape district municipalities received 26 water tanker trailers to assist with firefighting, disasters and veld fires.

A total of 26 water tanker trailers have been distributed to district municipalities. Picture: Sandi Kwon Hoo

NORTHERN Cape district municipalities received 26 high-pressure fire water tanker trailers to assist with firefighting, disasters and veld fires.

The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass, said that informal households were affected by fires caused by candles and gas appliances during the cold winter months.

“The department urges all municipalities to ensure that fire trailers are well-maintained and are included on their asset registers. The provincial disaster management centre will assess whether the fire equipment is well looked after.”

He added that the fire water trailers could be deployed to areas affected by veld fires by the district disaster management centre.

“Municipalities have entered into agreements to assist one another during times of disaster. The department has also signed a protocol agreement with coastal provinces for assistance during disaster incidents. We are working together with the Department of Agriculture, Environment, Rural Development and Land Reform to jointly assist during raging veld fires through aerial from the National Defence Force and ground support. The national Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment has established district fire protection associations and we encourage municipalities to join them.”

The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass. Picture Sandi Kwon Hoo

Vass stated that public awareness and advocacy sessions would be held to educate the public about disaster management.

“Part of this session will speak to the harm that waste dumping, cigarette smoking and littering do to the planet and how they contribute to a state of disaster.

“This alongside awareness on wastewater which contributes towards the contamination and destruction of natural habitats and the wildlife that live in those habitats by exposing them to harmful chemicals.”

The department also handed title deeds to 99 beneficiaries in Diamond Park this week.

Vass said the area had increased to 800 erven.

“Many of the residents in this area are unemployed and those who are employed are mostly unskilled labourers. Infrastructural services such as sewerage, water connections, electricity and internal roads have been installed in the area. The objective of the Diamond Park Housing Project is to eradicate the housing backlog, address poverty and provide basic services to the community of Diamond Park.”

He added that 400 houses were completed and were occupied by the rightful owners.

“A balance of 400 houses remains on this project. The 400 beneficiaries have been identified and are currently living in shacks.”

Vass discouraged land grabbing as he stated that this served to disrupt progress on human settlements and delayed the development of housing.

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