'There's so much still to be done' - Knysna locals reflect on relief efforts

The Western Cape government says it will take some time before the Knysna economy has fully recovered from the fires that ravaged the area last year.

Read: A look back at the full picture of the Knysna fires, one year on

Economic Opportunities MEC, Alan Winde, says that there's so much still to be done.

It's been one year since the fires that destroyed over 1 000 homes and claimed seven lives.

At least 151 local businesses were affected and a total of 47 destroyed in the blaze.

Winde says that 77% of the affected business were insured.

GALLERY: Knysna Heights one year after the fires

134 business were badly affected. They employed a lot of people. It's been a process.

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities at Western Cape

There's so much still to be done... The town is still stuck in a bit of post-traumatic stress.

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities at Western Cape

A number of businesses have rebuilt and are up and running again, and others changed track and have not continued.

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities at Western Cape

Winde explains the ongoing rebuild project involving government and the private sector.

Take a listen to the MEC reflect on the town's resilience:

At the time of the fires, Knysna locals Bruce Bartie started a Facebook page to co-ordinate relief efforts.

Bartie says a lot of people are still recovering and in need of assistance. He says the unification of the community was the most positive outcome of the fires.

A Wall of Remembrance was unveiled to honour those who were affected by the fires and those who volunteered to help.

Knysna Heights resident Carol Hampshire reflects on having to flee her home this time last year.

Take a listen:


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