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Launch of the Western Cape Summer Fire Season

26 November 2014

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs’ Working on Fire programme will officially launch the provincial summer fire season on 01 December 2014 at the Stellenbosch Airfield, Cape Town.

Although the summer fire season officially starts on the 1st of December, the Western Cape has already experienced many multi-day fires since September 2014. Coupled with this year's worst fire season in seven years, recorded in the northern parts of South Africa, a rough fire season lies ahead for the Western Cape.

Join the department for a fun-filled and action packed morning, where firefighting demonstrations will be conducted, as well as information on who to speak to for credible info, and also enjoy seeing fire fighters and aircrafts in action. The Department’s Dr Christo Marais, the Chief Director for National Resource Management (NRM) will deliver the keynote address on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms. Barbara Thomson. Other speakers for the day include Mr Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning of the Western Cape Disaster Management & Fire Brigade Services.

Media is invited to cover the event as follows, and will be afforded opportunities for photographs and interviews.

Date: Monday, 1 December 2014

Time: 10h00 – 13h00

Venue: Stellenbosch Airfield (Please see the directions below)

RSVP:

Liesl Brink liesl
E-mail: brink@wofire.co.za
Tel: 021 761 1992

Tshego Letshwiti
E-mail: tletshwiti@environment.gov.za
Tel: 021 405 9439
Cell:076 307 9634

For media queries contact:

Zolile Nqayi
Cell: 082 898 6483

 Or

Linton Rensburg
Cell: 082 508 0990

 

Directions By Road to Stellenbosch airfield:

  • 45 minutes from the centre of Cape Town.
  • 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.
  • 15 minutes from Somerset West.
  • The Airfield lies midway along the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.
  • Co-ordinates: S33º 58’ 50,E18º 49' 22"

Approaching from Somerset West:

Drive along the R44, continuing past the Mooiberge Farm Stall. About 1.5km after Mooiberge, there will be a road on your left (a sign for La Pineta is just before the turn off). Take that turn off, and continue on the tar road to the airfield.
 
Approaching from Stellenbosch:
 
Drive on the R44 towards Somerset West. Once you reach the Mooiberge Farm Stall, do a U-turn and continue along the R44 as if you were driving back into Stellenbosch. About 1km after Mooiberge, there will be a road on your left (a sign for La Pineta is just before the turn off). Take that turn off, and continue on the tar road to the airfield.
 
Approaching From Cape Town (via the N2):
 
You can either continue on the N2, and take the Somerset West off-ramp (go left). This will put you on the R44. Follow the directions above.
 
Alternatively, you can take the Baden Powell Drive off-ramp (turn left), and continue until you reach a 4-way robot. Turn right into Annandale Road, and continue until you reach the robot at the Mooiberge Farm Stall. Turn left onto the R44. About 1km after Mooiberge, there will be a road on your left (a sign for La Pineta is just before the turn off). Take that turn off, and continue on the tar road to the airfield.