The government is leaving behind the victims of the Knysna Fire. After 23 days, no accommodation provided and serious questions remain unanswered. The public hasn’t been allowed to attend municipal meetings regarding the fire. Even the public Section 80 meetings have excluded the fire as a topic. I applaud the Knysna Municipality for reconnecting services but that isn’t an excuse to ignore so much more e.g. questions about donations, the fairness of distribution and the theft thereof. When i, Mike Hampton, made a call for fire victims to organise, our politicians immorally ran a propaganda campaign against me. The subsequent … ‘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…’
The Western Cape Government has approved the Knysna Municipality’s rubble waste disposal site on privately owned land off the Simola/Blaricum Heights road for the next six months to temporarily store building rubble resulting from the emergency situation that related to fires in early June. The municipality has requested permission to have this builder’s waste material crushed on site. It is important to note that no hazardous materials, such as chemicals and asbestos will be allowed to be dumped on this site. The tip can be accessed from three different directions. The Eastern Access allows motorists to take the Simola Hotel … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It’s cold up on that hill of poor people that overlooks the riches of Knysna. Instead of developers taking advantage of the best view in Knysna, White Location is home to tin shacks and small houses. The Great Fire of Knysna has left 1000 homeless, some living in community halls but with most squeezing in with family members and friends already living in challenging conditions. Children of Winter play among broken glass, nails, crumbling concrete and rusty corrugated sheets. Not wanting the too-often-forgotten excluded from an independent documentary about human spirit, i took a film crew there yesterday. Unlike the … ‘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…’
Film crew shooting a short, positive documentary needs help finding these cool people who helped others during the Great Knysna Fire. Appreciate someone sending me their contact details by tonight: 1. Kallie Esterhuizen (allegedly had help from a burglar in putting out his house fire), 2. Jeremy Hersch, Jared Hersch, Jayson Hersch & Bridget Hersch, Dylan Kruger, Victor Thomas Monk, Charl Scholtz (Belvidere) 3. Brett Stagerman (Rheenendal) 4. Dane Izatt (helped in many places) 5. Daniel & Nardus (League Street) Love Knysna by promoting Knysna!'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…’