Cape Talk Interview – Fire Risk Assessment

VWS Chairperson Jon-Jon Emary spoke to John Maytham about the Fire Risk Assessment which was done using funding received from the public through direct support and the Primedia Radiothon. The VWS was able to make funding available for an extensive 18-month risk assessment to be done on the entire westward of the Cape Peninsula, the majority of which is covered by the Table Mountain National Park.

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The Faustian glow of raging fires lights the hillside above Gordon’s Bay on Tuesday night, November 7 2017, as fire crews battled to contain the blaze and protect life and structure. PICTURE: BRYN DE KOCKS PHOTOGRAPHY

Holding the line

There is no dignified way to come off a mountain in the dark, with a howling gale gusting up to 60km/h, on a perilously steep descent with uncertain footing, fighting your way through chest-high fynbos. Your mode of perambulation is like an 18-month-old late-walking baby, who stands up for the first time, and lurches from place to place, on the very edge of balance, yet miraculously remains upright.

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Jennifer Fill

When American postdoctoral student and volunteer firefighter Jen Fill’s kit and uniform were stolen out of the boot of her car in Stellenbosch earlier in January, her first thought was…

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