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)
Liesl Brink liesl
Tel: 021 761 1992
Tel: 021 405 9439
Cell:076 307 9634
For media queries contact:
Cell: 082 898 6483
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: