Durban: KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has commended the Fire and Rescue teams which responded to the Engen oil refinery incident that took place on Friday morning. In this incident, six people from the plant and two from the community were injured when the plant caught fire.
Hlomuka yesterday visited the plant together with officials from the Provincial Disaster Management Centre. During the visit, Hlomuka toured the plant and the area where the incident occurred. Hlomuka also met with the management of the plant whose members briefed him on the steps that will now be followed in investigating the cause of the incident.
As part of the visit, Hlomuka visited the fire station based at the refinery where he met with the Chief Fire Officer Lenny Naidoo who recounted how things transpired on the day of the fire. In his address, Hlomuka thanked Naidoo for the work he and his team did in responding to the incident.
“The Fire and Rescue teams clearly prevented what could have been a total disaster for the people of Wentworth and the province as a whole. Their work is commendable and their dedication deserves our gratitude,” said Hlomuka.