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#KnysnaFire: "We know only to well how it feels" - City of Cape Town

Alderman JP Smith, Mayco member for Safety and Security of the City of Cape Town, said that the City knows "only too well" how Knysna feels, as thousands of residents were displaced by the fires that have torn through the town over the past 24 hours.

We know only too well how that feels - and that's an incredible fire situation that they're facing.

Alderman JP Smith - MayCo member for Safety & Security

He told John Maytham that Knysna officials had activated the mutual aid agreement that they have with the City of Cape Town, and that they responded last night with resources to assist.

We drove overnight to be there - fire engines, water tankers, trailers, staff.

Alderman JP Smith - MayCo member for Safety & Security

He also told CapeTalk that the City had made four fire stations available as points for people to drop off donations - Fish Hoek, Stand, Goodwood and Roeland Street - and that DHL would be collecting donations and transporting them to Knysna.

Closer to home, Smith confirmed that 101 people were displaced by the storm that raged across Cape Town yesterday - 100 from Mandela Park in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, and one from Masiphumelele - but that most of the affected people had already returned home today.

Most of the damage was caused by the wind, Smith said, and very little of the problem was created by the stormwater itself.

This, he said, was as a result of the investment that the City had made over the last five years to prevent traditional hotspots from flooding.

Listen to the interview here:


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