- Winter electricity saving ideas from the City of Cape Town5th August 2015
Winter electricity saving ideas from the City of Cape Town
For most households winter can be expensive, especially with rising electricity tariffs, as extra electricity is used for heating. To help with saving, residents can download the new Winter Saving leaflet and find many no-cost, low-cost and invest-to-save actions at www.SavingElectricity.org.za
Energy and Climate Change Unit Environmental Resource Management Department - City of Cape Town
- General Warning – possible prankster in area1st April 2015
General Warning – possible prankster in area
We have received reports of a personable lady knocking on doors asking for money. She says her name is Roxanne and living/house-sitting at No.# Rossouw Close. She said she has no money as her husband has her cards etc. /her husband left a few minutes before accidently taking her bank card with him and she needs to get to Stellenbosch urgently. Wanted petrol money urgently, but said she would return it later in the evening.
Reported as well dressed in black tights and black and grey top, is tall with long hair tied in pony tail.
If anyone should see a lady matching this description and she happens to have a vehicle or drive off in one, please try and obtain the registration number and make and colour of vehicle and email into email@example.com.
- SILVERMINE AND TOKAI TO REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC 16th March 2015
In the interest of public safety as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park, park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice.
TMNP management understands that users are eager to access these areas, however they remain very sensitive and unsafe, and public use of these areas are off limits due to:
• Smouldering and burning vegetation still needs to be extinguished and flare ups will occur as stumps and roots burn.
• Standing trees that have been burnt or damaged by the fire are extremely dangerous as they continue to come down in the area.
• Recently burnt veld (as well as adjacent areas) is hazardous as the fire will have burnt roots underground and foot falls may cause serious injuries.
• Unstable slopes may result in rock falls
• Winds and rain may exacerbate the danger with respect to falling trees, branches, rock falls and mudslides
• Hazardous clear-felling operations of the burnt plantation trees are underway by Cape Pine
• Disturbance to surviving animals
• Burnt areas are sen sitive as windblown seeds can be damaged and the first emerging plants can be killed by accidental trampling
• Disturbance to sensitive erodible soils
The closure of the burnt areas will be continually assessed and reopening will only be considered once all safety and environmental issues have been addressed. For some areas this may take between six to twenty four months.
TMNP management and staff would like to assure the public that their focus is to secure the areas for the public’s safety and to as quickly as possible rehabilitate the affected sites for future use.
Please assist us by being patient and please remain out of all burnt areas while Mother Nature heals herself.
Public Relations Officer: Table Mountain National Park
South African National Parks
- Working on Fire Helicopter Pilot Killed9th March 2015
Statement from the Minister of Environmental Affairs with regard to the death of a Working on Fire pilot.
WORKING ON FIRE HELICOPTER PILOT KILLED
It is with great sadness that we must announce that one of the Working on Fire helicopters which has been active in the Cape Town fires, has made a forced landing and that the pilot of the helicopter, Mr Hendrik Willem Marais, was killed in the accident.
The helicopter was part of a team of two helicopters and a spotter plane on their way to fight a fire in the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
I wish to express the Government’s and my personal condolences to the pilot’s wife, Mrs Jackie Marais, family, friends and his colleagues in the Working on Fire programme.
We have all become starkly aware of the tremendous dedication and skills these pilots display in the fires that ravaged the Cape Peninsula over the past week. Were it not for their and their fire-fighter counterparts on the ground, Cape Town would have experienced far greater damage and losses of property, and risks to lives.
Mr Marais was one of the pilots lauded for the exceptional work over the past week, when over 2,000 “drops” were made (each of about 1,100 litres) on the fire that started near Muizenberg, and spread to Noordhoek, Hout Bay, Tokai and Constantia.
The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority, and further details will be made known, once available.
As a nation, we salute the bravery and service of these dedicated fire-fighters, and mourn the loss of Mr Marais in the course of duty.
Ms Edna Molewa, M.P.
Minister of Environment Affairs
- Thank You5th March 2015
The Exco of TNCW would like to thank the residents of Tokai and surrounding areas as well BKM Watch and Kirstenhof Crime Watch, for their tremendous support during the fire over the last 3 - 4 days.
The response for help was amazing.
We had people working around the clock.
A special thanks to Tribakery who opened up late at night in order to give the evacuees food and drink, Forest Glade Pharmacy donated eye drops, saline solution and medical supplies for the fire-fighters and Pine Lodge Guest House and any other residents that opened up their homes. Tokai Community Church who housed and fed all who were looking for assistance, Fish Hoek Disaster Management who sent through a huge amount of drinks, medical supplies and sandwiches to feed the volunteers and fire-fighters who worked through the night. No doubt there were others who I am not aware of.
The volunteers that came forward to help control the traffic, assist the fire teams and worked at the refreshment & medical station also did a magnificent job and put in many hours - again often working through the night or into the early hours of the morning.
Thank you one and all for such great community spirit and through your help, and the many prayers that were offered, we managed to keep Tokai as safe as we could.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those families that lost their homes in Zwaanswyk and Chrysalis Academy.