Oudtshoorn, 22 October 2019 – On 15 October the Oudtshoorn Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management Services established its first Disaster Management Advisory Forum as per the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002. All relevant external and internal role-players were invited to the meeting to discuss Disaster Related Matters.
The meeting discussions consisted of serious issues that are currently a concern in the Greater Oudtshoorn Area. Some of these points were:
- Disaster Management Plan
- Transport of Hazardous Materials through our towns
The current drought in our area is a great concern and no relief is in sight according to the South African Weather Services. “The South African weather service gave us a three months module prediction and unfortunately no rain is expected for our area that will be able to relief the drought and assist with the declining dam levels,” said Adél Supra-Vertue, manager for fire, rescue and disaster management in the Oudtshoorn Municipality.
“We are currently in the process to review our Drought plan; a meeting will be called to get all relevant role players on board for the review of the drought plan.”
Risks that were identified in the risk assessment are being addressed, Supra-Vertue added. She said some of the risks discussed are the “reeds in the rivers outside as well as inside of the towns, Informal Settlement Fires, Hazardous Materials)”.
“Plans and projects are being put into place to address these concerns like for instance the removal of reeds in the rivers as this will aid the fire dangers as well as when we do get rain the river will flow freely.”
“This was our first meeting and we had an attendance of about 30 role players attending. We can only build on this and put plans in place for our communities and the public to ensure their safety. Thank you to all who attended this important meeting as it shows how much we care about our towns and community.”
Caption: External and internal role-players discuss Disaster Related Matters