Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille chaired a provincial cabinet meeting in Knysna on Wednesday to assess the damage caused by last week's devastating infernos.
Zille says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and as well as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Des Van Rooyen also paid a visit to Knysna.
Local and national government will be working closely to come up with efforts that will rebuild the area, she adds.
We all got together and discussed through the priorities.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
The first thing you have to deal with in a disaster of this magnitude is the people. Because people flee their homes and need somewhere to go.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Zille adds that restoring of infrastructure is also critical. Because the fires have damaged infrastructure and property, many people have been left jobless, so the rebuilding efforts will aim to drive as many economic opportunities as possible.
Zille explains that Knysna is not a no-go zone and urges South Africans to visit the town when the Oyster Festival is hosted later in the year as will drive economic activities in the area.
Listen to the Western Cape Premier's interview here: