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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 the plantation.

"Neighbours help 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
Peter Odell is acknowledged by Messrs Mncwabe & Mkhize
for the fire-fighting equipment.

Peter Odell demonstrates how to use the fire-fighting equipment
Peter Odell demonstrates to Messrs Mncwabe, Mkhize and Mnyawuza how to use the fire-fighting equipment.

Contact:
NCT Forestry Co-operative Limited
Anita Nicholson
Tel:  033-8978507
Fax:  033-8978501
Email:  anita@nctforest.com
Websit: www.nctforest.com


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