Declaration of fire disaster extended

2017-09-14 06:01

THE Kouga Council extended the local disaster declaration it made following the devastating fires at Longmore and Thornhill in June 2017 by a month.

Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the extension was approved by the Council on Friday.

The initial declaration was made on June 12 and was valid for three months up to September 12. The new resolution extends this period to October 13,” she says.

Mayor Van Lingen says the extension is necessary because the Sarah Baartman District Municipality failed to table the disaster declaration to its Mayoral Committee or Council, as required.

“There are possible sources of disaster funding for which we can apply, but we need the declaration to be tabled to the District Council in order to qualify,” she says.

“We are deeply disappointed with the District Council for failing to fulfil its duty and have asked our District Council representatives to apply pressure on the District for the item to be tabled.”


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