Learners get to grips with disasters, crime

2017-08-17 06:02
Kouga Municipality fire-fighters Vusumzi Solani (back left) and Nimrod Fani, with learners from the Gamtoos Valley Primary School, during a visit by the municipality’s Fire and Disaster Management teams on Friday.    Photo:SUPPLIED

Kouga Municipality fire-fighters Vusumzi Solani (back left) and Nimrod Fani, with learners from the Gamtoos Valley Primary School, during a visit by the municipality’s Fire and Disaster Management teams on Friday. Photo:SUPPLIED

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KOUGA Municipality’s Fire and Disaster Management team was back in the Gamtoos Valley on an educational outreach to primary schools in Patensie on Friday.

This follows an earlier visit for schools in the upper Gamtoos Valley, which took place at the Kouga Dam in January this year.

The venue this time was the Gamtoos Valley Primary School and joining the hosts as participants were Chigwell Primary School.

The areas of focus were preventing the outbreak of fires and how to respond in times of emergencies and natural disasters.

Also present were members of the South African Police Services’ Dog Unit, talking on crime prevention and reporting.

Both the municipality and the SAPS teams conducted demonstrations, with learners having the opportunity to extinguish demo fires and getting to see police dogs in action.

Social Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said these educational sessions were of high importance, especially in view of the fires that swept through the Thornhill and Longmore areas recently.

“We are in the middle of a serious drought, which does not help matters when it comes to fire hazards,” he said.

Benson added that though there hasn’t been any significant rainfall, it does not mean that the area has stopped being prone to floods.

“Communities in the Gamtoos Valley area are separated by low-lying rivers. The past has taught us that once there are heavy rains, there could be floods which sometimes result in loss of life,” he said.

He said it was crucial that communities understood how to respond when such misfortune was visited upon them and the young learners were a good foundation to start such educational programmes.

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