Enough is enough! It’s 20 days after the first Knysna fire of June 7. As someone who lost everything, i’m disappointed in Mayor Eleonore Spies and the Knysna Municipality. I’m not alone in that feeling but mine cannot compare to the troubled depths of those with families – there’s frustration and anger. IT’S UNACCEPTABLE THAT THERE HASN’T BEEN MEANINGFUL INTERACTION WITH US. The help that the world has sent us seems to be exceptional… but it doesn’t seem to be getting to us the way it needs to. Hope must becomes plans becoming reality. Many committees have been set up …‘Click here to read full article…’
Kindness from strangers, when most needed, is like a toddler receiving a teddy bear to guard them against the dark. All of us who suffered the Great Knysna Fire have been delivered hugs in different forms. I’ve been too practical to cry but there were two ladies who cried for me. From the coffee i made at 3am to the takkies i wore the whole of last week, signs of goodwill are everywhere. During the crisis i was in my own crisis. However, donated money got me daily to restaurant wif-fi after spending nights under different roofs. That enabled me …‘Click here to read full article…’
Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, says all provincial Human Settlement Departments will make 5% of their budget available for housing in the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas. This after devastating fires destroyed over 800 properties and caused hundreds of millions rand worth of damages. She met local government officials in Knysna on Thursday. Still coming to terms with the devastation, Thembile Plaatjie lost most of his house to the fire. Only one room survived, but his neighbours lost everything. Temporary housing will soon be supplied to those who have been displaced. Minister Sisulu has called on municipalities to focus on …‘Click here to read full article…’
There’s long list of Knysna Fire victim necessities but this is what i most want: 1. Meaningful interaction with rentees who lost everything, the supplying of accommodation or subsidising of accommodation that we cannot afford. 2. For the Municipality to work with private donation groups who have the best ideas e.g. Knysna Families in Need, the possibility of the Lions establishing a permanent disaster centre in Knysna servicing Eden District. 3. Determined investigation and prosecution of municipal employees involved in large scale theft from donation depots. 4. Investigation into the allegation that Sedgefield Fire Station long failed to attend to …‘Click here to read full article…’
While the community of Knysna worked together around the clock last week to deal with the devastating aftermath of its “Great Fire”, the race-mongers around the country did not miss the opportunity to try to divide South Africans. Andile Mngxitama of Black First, Land First (BLF), blamed “white monopoly capital” for the blaze, while the ANC-linked chatterati ascribed the extent of the relief effort to the fact that whites were among the dead, and had also lost property, possessions and businesses. In the context of this racial madness, the best place to be was Knysna itself, a cocoon of sanity, …‘Click here to read full article…’
Today, during a Special Council Meeting, the Knysna Council approved the establishment of the Knysna Fire Disaster Relief Fund (KFDRF). This will allow for the receipt and control of donated monies from banks and other organisations. The purpose of the KFDRF is humanitarian aid and reconstruction. The meeting was marred by unnecessary bickering between councillors and unnecessary disputes over wording, suggesting frayed constitutions and underlying racial tensions. These are challenging times. I hope that the Council meets privately this week, seeking to be on the same page before appearing before the public again. Ultimately, the establishment of …‘Click here to read full article…’
The first public meetings regards the Knysna Fire were held yesterday, June 13 2017. I recorded the Knysna Central edition at the Premier Hotel. All residents who weren’t there should listen to this! Facts included: 485 houses and 150 informal structures destroyed so far. The count is incomplete as some places were inaccessible due to smoke. 30 tourism establishments destroyed. 1000 people from White Location needing relief but 2500 have taken donated goods. Will cost R30-million to restore services to Brenton-on-Sea. 75 extra SAPS were deployed in Knysna. Remarkably, we were assured that all areas will have services returned by …‘Click here to read full article…’
Public meetings for those individuals and families affected by the Knysna fire: 3pm – Brenton Community Hall 4pm – Belvidere Church 5.30pm – Premier Hotel, George Rex Drive Ward 4, 5, and 8 areas: Please note that feedback meetings in the following areas: Chris Nissan, Concordia and Rheenendal (Frams @Totties) have been postponed. Updated details (date & time) will be relayed via Whatsapp, social media and sms.