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Tel:+27 (0)42 200 2200
All-hours Emergency:+27 (0)42 291 0250
Alternative Number:+27 (0)42 200 8330
Last modified: 27 Oct 2021
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25 October 2021

NO controlled burns will be permitted in the Kouga region from next month.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, said the annual fire prohibition period for the region will start on November 1 and would continue until February 28, 2022.

“Summer, with its high temperatures and strong winds, is the time when there is the highest risk in our region of runaway fires destroying properties and lives,” he said. “Add to this the prevailing drought conditions.

“As part of Kouga Municipality’s efforts to Keep Kouga safe, no controlled burns will be allowed during this period, while residents are urged to be extra careful when it comes to setting anything alight – be it candles or braais.”

He said bonfires and any activity that required walking around with open flames were strongly discouraged.

“This includes walking around with candles and lanterns, as well as burning tyres or discharging fireworks or other flammable paraphernalia,” said Benson.

“Open fires are also not allowed at public areas unless it is at designated braai stands.”

He said any person contravening this notice, may be liable and face prosecution under the Fire Brigade Services Act 99of 1987, National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998 or any other applicable legislation.

Transgressions, including the illegal trade or discharge of fireworks, could be reported to the Kouga Call Centre at 042 200 2200 (option 5) or 042 291 0250 (after hours).

For any fire emergency, contact the all-hours number 042 291 0250.