uThukela residents warned of dangers of run away fires and other natural incidents at summer disaster awareness campaign launch

Fire needs discipline from everybody; this was the warning to the community during the disaster awareness campaign. Firefighters demonstrated the level of training when taking orders during the firefighting demonstrations. Among the lessons learnt were to stay away from the trees during a thunderstorm and to avoid making trips if cautioned about the weather. The awareness was jointly organised by the KwaZulu-Natal department of Cogta, Heath and Treasury in Uthukela on 29.11.18

Resident of the uThukela District, in the Alfred Duma local Municipality have been urged to exercise extreme caution as their area is prone to inclement weather related disasters such as runaway veld fires, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning, hailstorms and heavy rains resulting in flooding. This as the KwaZulu-Natal department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs under the leadership of MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube launched its summer disaster awareness campaign in the district which took place on Thursday 29 November at the Matiwaneskop Sports Field, in Ward 23 Alfred Duma Municipality.

The event was attended by the Working on Fire team which demonstrated various techniques that can be utilised to combat wild fires.

According to MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, campaigns such as this one, which have been also launched in the Zululand District, are aimed at raising awareness amongst communities of dangers posed by inclement weather conditions. “Our province every year suffers unnecessary loss of life as a results of heavy rains which lead to flooding, lightning strikes. This loss of life is preventable through educating our communities about measures to take to protect themselves and their families from such incidents. We have urged residents across the province to buy lightning rods as a means to protect themselves from lightning strikes, more especially in areas that are prone to such incidents. We also caution residents to not cross walkway or bridges when there are floods” said Dube-Ncube.

The event was also attended by officials from the department of Finance and Health, who highlighted the importance of spending wisely as the festive season approaches, they also called upon residents to live a healthy lifestyle and to do regular health check for cancer.