30 July, 2014
Community Combats Fires
|With the fire
season high on the agenda at many timber plantations, the Willow Fountain
community of Pietermaritzburg, bordering
Baynesfield, has taken the initiative to prevent run-away fires.
Peter Odell, NCT's
forester at Baynesfield Estate was approached by Messrs Mncwabe, Mkhize and
Mnyawuza to assist with fire-fighting equipment. It appears that builders in
the community clear areas for construction and unilaterally burn the open
grasslands. This results in fires spreading to homesteads and trees on
each other and so I obliged," says Peter who provided five water knapsacks and fire beaters to the trio.
"We are very
grateful and thank NCT for equipping us with useful equipment to fight fires,"
says Mr Mncwabe with a big smile
Peter Odell is acknowledged
by Messrs Mncwabe & Mkhize
for the fire-fighting equipment.
Peter Odell demonstrates to
Messrs Mncwabe, Mkhize and Mnyawuza how to use the fire-fighting equipment.