Mine helps in fight against fires

2015-07-15 06:00
SYDNEY NTILI (LED practitioner, far left) hands the keys of the Land Rover to Johnny Smit (fire protection official at the MacMac Fire Protection Association) while Ernest Stonestreet (manager: engineering – second from the right) hands the keys of t

SYDNEY NTILI (LED practitioner, far left) hands the keys of the Land Rover to Johnny Smit (fire protection official at the MacMac Fire Protection Association) while Ernest Stonestreet (manager: engineering – second from the right) hands the keys of t

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VELD FIRES are common during this time of the year. Without proper equipment to manage and stop veld fires, people, animals and the environment are exposed to potentially dangerous situations.

Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen Mine strengthened the hands of the surrounding farming community recently by donating a Land Rover equipped with firefighting capabilities and a water bowser truck to members of MacMac Fire Protection.

According to Anglo American’s Fatal Risk Standards, all mine vehicles must be equipped with ABS brakes and airbags.

This regulation has resulted in some equipment, still in excellent condition, not being allowed on the mine campus anymore.

These redundant vehicles will serve as firefighting equipment for farmers. Komatsu assisted by upgrading and servicing these vehicles to ensuring safe and effective use by the farmers.

“At Kumba we strive to make a sustainable difference in the communities in which we operate - not only in the lives of people, but also in the total environment.

“We hope that these two firefighting vehicles will contribute towards safer firefighting management going forward,” said Ernest Stonestreet (manager: engineering).

Ebert Anthonissen (secretariat of MacMac Fire Protection) who thanked Kumba for the donation, highlighted that farmers lose thousands of hectares of land every year due to veld fires. “Farmers usually use their private vehicles and equipment to assist neighbouring farmers manage fires. These vehicles will really assist the farming community in protecting the environment and preventing loss of life more effectively,” he said.

Carel Reyneke (fire officer of the MacMac Fire Protection Association) thanked Kumba and said: “It is wonderful to see how the mine assists us in addressing our needs, even during these challenging economic times. They are helping us make a difference in the community.”

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