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Sarah Baartman District Municipality Hands Over Fire Fighting Vehicles

May 18, 2020
Sarah Baartman District Municipality Hands Over Fire Fighting Vehicles

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality has handed over fire fighting vehicles and equipment to the 7 local municipalities within the district to the value of R8 million as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic under the Disaster Management Act.

These vehicles and equipment will be used to increase the capacity of local municipalities in effectively fighting fires. As we approach winter the occurrence of fires will increase which makes it imperative that local municipalities have enough fire vehicles to contain these fires.

Today 7 vehicles were handed over to 4 of the local municipalities, including 1 vehicle for Sarah Baartman District Municipality, the other 3 local municipalities each received an allocation which they have used to procure vehicles and equipment.

Veld fires can cause major devastation, especially in agricultural areas such as Sarah Baartman District. To reduce the devastation caused by veld fires, hazard fires and chemical fires the Sarah Baartman District Municipality has provided the following:

  • Dr. Beyers Naud? Municipality has received 2 Ford Ranger vehicles fitted with skid units to the value of R1 206 928.30.
  • Makana Municipality has received 2 Ford Ranger vehicles fitted with skid units to the value of R1 020 938.30.
  • Koukamma Municipality has received 1 Toyota Hilux vehicle fitted with a skid unit to the value of R725 000.00.
  • Sunday’s River Valley Municipality has received 1 Toyota Hilux Vehicle fitted with a skid unit to the value of R725 000.00.
  • Blue Crane Route Municipality has received an allocation of R1 467 840.00
  • Kouga Municipality has received an allocation of R1 427 170.00
  • Ndlambe Municipality has received an allocation of R909 360.00
  • Sarah Baartman District Municipality has received 1 Toyota Hilux vehicle fitted with a skid unit, for secondary response to fires across the district, to the value of R725 000.00.

A fire skid unit, which all vehicles have been fitted with, is a complete self-contained firefighting apparatus. These skid units have a medium pump which will be able to assist in fighting small to medium fires.

The Executive Mayor of Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Cllr Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana said that “these vehicles should be utilized with the utmost care to ensure that they will be able to provide quality service to our communities. In the past year Sarah Baartman District has had a total of 15 fire incidents across the district.

"These fires cause destruction and a loss of income for farmers and can also lead to the loss of lives. We need our communities and farmers to practice caution throughout the year and to report fire incidents.”

All community members are urged to report fires and any other disaster to the Sarah Baartman District Municipality’s Disaster Management toll-free number 0800 222 238.

IMAGE: Vehicles were officially handed over to fighters during today’s ceremony. From left to right: Mr. Stephen Cook, SBDM Fire Fighter; Cllr Nomhle Gaga, SBDM Mayoral Committee Member for Infrastructure and Community Services; Executive Mayor of SBDM, Cllr Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana; Mr. Jacob Pretorius, SBDM Fire Fighter; Ms. Theo Betha, SBDM Director: Infrastructure and Community Services; Mr. Johannes Lukas, Fire Fighter.