VKLM FIRE

 

The portal for public information to residents within the Victor Khanye Municipal area on safety

 

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  • This Website and all of its sub-pages are an independent run website with the pure intention of providing the community residing within the Victor Khanye Local Municipality vital information related to fire and life safety as well as preparation for adverse conditions that may impact all during a disaster or threatening disaster. In NO CIRCUMSTANCES is this page to be considered as an official page of the Victor Khanye Local Municipailty or representing this organization. To stop any allegations it is hereby registered that this site will remain independant and are 100% funded by the owner thereof.
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By notice from the Webmaster

Recent Significant  Court Rulings related to Veld Fires:

 

In brief;

 

A claim was registered at the Appeals Court after the High court rejected a claim of

R 23 million from a plantation owner against his neighbour after a fire spread into his plantation and resulted in the loss of the plantation to the claimed value.

 

The Appeals court considered five elements in this case namely;

  • 1    The actions of the neighbour. In that the neighbour was supposed to have anticipated the possible damages and made provisions timeously to react accordingly.
  • 2   The second element investigated was that of wrongfulness. Here the reasonable farmer rule was applied. Did the neighbour act as what a reasonable farmer would have in the same circumstances.
  • 3   The third element investigated was that of guilt, wilful or negligence with regards to the damages the claimant suffered.
  • 4   The fourth element investigated was the element of negligence. If the neighbour did remove the flammable alien invasive plants, it could have prevented future spread of the species.
  • 5   The last element investigated was of causality. This refer to the relationship between the actions of the neighbour and the resulting damages sustained, was there a casual line that could be drawn.

 

The Appeals court also ruled to the claim being rejected as the court found that the neighbour did everything in his power to try and stop the fire, but the fire did spread even with all the efforts implemented.

 

This case highlights the importance of having the necessary preventative measures in place against fires and to react quickly to fires on your property. If the farmer (Neighbour) did not put in place preventative measures and did not react quickly, this claim would have been awarded, which could have cost him his farm. It is also very important to have your employees trained in this regard, as most of these fires are caused by an innocent fire started to cook some food or to stay warm.

 

MTO Forestry v Swart (420/2016) [2017] ZASCA 57

Click here for the more detailed document of the above case, and

 

Click here for the original afrikaans article from Solidariteit website

NEWS FLASH / INFORMATION

SAWS - Media Release

 

The updated Seasonal Climate Watch for Autumn have been published and can be downloaded here

 

RAINFALL SINCE THE START OF THE 2023/2024 RAINFALL SEASON

 

Note: Readings displayed are on the date of reading and represent the rainfall for the previous 24-hour period. Readings are taken at 07:00 each morning.

The current readings is not a true reflection of the area's rainfall as it is known that areas such as Argent and Eloff receives different rainfall amounts, but we do not receive readings from that areas.

 

Site: Delmas West (near Traffic Offices)

(S26˚09’03.02” and E28˚40’22.29”)

 

If there are community members on other areas within the Municipality that would like to participate with record keeping, kindly forward your readings to the Chief Fire Officer on email: firechief@vklmfire.co.za or per SMS or Whatsapp (0833773532)

 

For a more detailed breakdown of the rainfall on a daily basis, select this link Rainfall Register.

 

This register indicate rainfall for the current rainfall season cycle started from 01 September 2020.

Global Warming Situational awareness

For those who are still in denial.... Global warming is real and it is here and the effects are already being observed.

 

This extract is based on what will affect us here, locally.

 

In short for the remainder of this quarter (up to end October) we can expect a below normal rainfall period (Almost no rainfall up to October), with above normal average temperatures. From October to December the SAWS is conservant as yet and cannot fully create a tangeable model due to the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscilating) effect, which are still in a failry neutral state. This makes forecast modeling very difficult and unpredictable. What can be said with confidence is that we can expect some rain through October starting from around the 10 to 11 October.  The SAWS remains conservant that the El Niño effect will remain neatral for most parts.

 

For the previous rainfall season for the rainfall recording site as noted to the right, a total of 622mm (see breakdown under the Rainfall Register (link adjacent). This means that on average Delmas received some good rains, but the spread thereof was not conducive for absorbtion. (The thunderstorm phenomenon) Underground water resources are compromised and the water table (height of the water underground) have dropped up to 80m in some places. It was observed that the yield from boreholes have deceased and some dried up. There are three reasons therefore; 1) The current rainfall trend is not conducive for the replenishment of the underground water supplies, 2) The increased temperatures and weather conditions contribute to higher evaporation and extraction of water, and 3) the increase of people drilling boreholes for agricultural use (pivot points as example). {the challenge here is this is performed without the required approvals or licensing and is illegal and the rest of the rural population suffers as a result hereof}

 

The other challenge is above ground as well, dam levels are not where it should be in comparison (an approximate 8% less than the previous year on average) and that puts pressure on the demand and availability of water resources. The municipality is receiving Rand Water from the Vaal scheme, which, by comparison to the Mpumalanga dam levels are also showing risks of depletion. Gauteng already talks about day zero (as what happened in the Cape the previous season). If Rand Water or the Vaal scheme decide to implement water restrictions, it will most definately have an impact on our water availability levels, including the Standerton region. This is not scare tactics, it is the facts out of the data and it is going to affect us at some point if conditions does not improve.

 

Everybody is urged to consider water savings and to start investigating options to conserve water or lower water usage in order to lessen the strain on available resources.

 

A Climate crisis report was released on 5 November 2019 in the US on the critical situation on Climate change, over 11 000 scientists from 153 countries signed the report which states that the planet “clearly and unequivocally faces a climate emergency,” The article can be viewed (and I strongly urge all to go and read it) from the following website link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/11/05/more-than-scientists-around-world-declare-climate-emergency/

Historical data graph of previous five month's temperatures.

(extracted from www.accuweather.com)

South African Weather Service, model forecast for the spring and summer period is summarised as follows;

 

 

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently in an El Niño state and according to the latest predictions is expected to persist through most of the summer months. ENSO’s typical impact on Southern Africa is in favour for generally drier and warmer conditions during the summer seasons from October to March. Current global forecasts indicate a great deal of uncertainty for the typical drier conditions that South Africa experiences during an El Niño.

What does this mean?

 

In summary, multi-model rainfall forecast indicates above-normal rainfall for most of the country during mid-spring (Sep-Oct-Nov) and late-spring (Oct-Nov-Dec). The early-summer (Nov-Dec-Jan) however, indicates below-normal rainfall over the central parts of the country and above-normal rainfall for the north-east.

 

With the extended dry periods anticipated, there is high possibilities of the occurrence of violent storm development over the Highveld regions.

 

Minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to be mostly above-normal countrywide for the forecast period.

Some scary facts from recent releases:

 

Kriel: Have been noted as the second highest

         contributor to air pollution in the world. (2020)

 

eMahlaleni: Have been noted as possibly being the

                 second largest drug hub in South Africa

                 in terms of variety and supply of drugs.

                    (2020)

 

Victor Khanye: Delmas is amongst the areas with the

                       highest Hi-jacking trend in South

                       Africa (2020), which is a very scary

                       statistic. Almost all categories of

                       crime have shown an increase

                       according to Police statistics for 2021

                       and up to March 2022.

 

Stats on hijackings between

Dec 2021 and March 2022;

 

  Delmas  - 92% increase in Hijackings (Cars)

               - 125% increase in Hijackings (Trucks)

  Sundra   - Similar rate in Hijackings (Cars)

               - 300% increase in Hijackings (Trucks)

 

 

Still don't believe Global Warning is real

 

Australia:

 

December 2019: Worst wildfire recorded in their history. Fire rages since mid December 2019 and only now (9 January 2020) are being brought under control in some places. Wide areas have been destroyed by the raging and seemingly unstoppable fire. Hundreds of homes destroyed, wildlife deaths are confirmed at three people of which two were fire fighters. Nearly a thousand Koala's have been killed.

 

Indonesia:

 

While the wildfires raged in Australia, Indonesia suffered severe flooding, with floodwaters raising up to 6 meters, the death toll is still being tallied, but are already above 70 people confirmed.

 

Venice:

 

 12 January 2020. Extreme low tides have left Venice's water channels with only the muddy basin of its watery streets. The water level have dropped with almost one meter in places.

 

And this is the most recent events known.

 

Increased numbers of Tropical Storms in 2020 for Northern Hemisphere

 

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing tropical cyclone season, which featured tropical cyclones formations at an unprecedented rate.

 

Up to end September 2020, there were a total of 25 sub-tropical cyclones, 24 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 2 Major Hurricanes that left a wake of devastation in their wake.

 

Interesting fact: The Southern Hemisphere also had tropical storms in their season (2019-2020), of which Tropical cyclone Herold (April 2020) caused the highest damage through Vanuatu as a category 5

 

In April two Tropical cyclones was identified forming in the same period, the other was Tropical Cyclone Irondro East of Madagascar island that was tracked moving South-east and only grew to a category 1.

 

Slowing of the Gulf Stream off the East coast of America.

 

From a study published earlier this week the science community noted that the Gulf stream, also known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) have slowed down considerably since the start of the 20th century. This can be mostly pinned to one catalyst, that of human-caused climate change.

 

The slowing down of this current can cause devastating phenomena, some thereof is rising ocean levels and temperatures, which will result in more destructive weather patterns and a decrease in rainfall. More on this will be put on the page as a link which can be read from AccWeather's site.

 

February 2021 was noted as a record month in terms of average temperatures over the globe

 

According to a recent report released from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), February 2021 was the coldest February for the united States in over 30 years, and it was further the coldest February for the entire globe since 2014. The report went further to note that the central and eastern tropical Pacific ocean, Australia and parts of the southern oceans were also notably colder during February 2021 in comparrison to recent years.

 

In addition, not all places experienced below-normal average temperatures, Eastern Canade, central and southeastern Europe and Asia were notably warmer that average for February 2021. (**Source: NOAA Report)

 

July 2023 was noted as another record month on the heels of the July 2021 records in terms of average temperatures over the globe

 

Globally, July 2023 was the world's hottest month ever recorded. Data shows that the combined land and ocean surface temperature was 1,18 degrees Celsius (0,93 degrees Celsius in July 2021) above the 20th Century average of 15,8 Degrees Celsius. This is the highest temperature in the 143 years of record keeping. (**Source: NOAA Report and GISS Analysis)

 

Monday 4 October 2021 - Continental rainfall records - Italy.

 

Italy has seen its all time high rainfall record of recorded history on Monday. over a 24-hour period a record 883,8mm of rain fell. In the city, Rossiglione, in a 12-hour period from 05:40 to 17:40 their time, the city recorded a staggering 740,6mm, which was just over 82% of their annual rainfall and which broke the record for the continent.

(**Sources: Accuweather; SkyNews; The Guardian)

 

Saturday 13 August 2022 - Waterspout - Velddrift (Western Cape)

 

On the 13th August 2022  between 16:00 and 16:20 a single Cumulus congestus cloud spawned a waterspout that hit Velddrif in the Western Cape and caused infrastructure damage to isolated houses and an apartment building along the Berg River.

Tropical Storms for the 2023/2024 Season in the South Indian Ocean Basin

 

Storm/Cyclone             System duration              Peak windspeed

                                                                               (Km/h)

Alvaro                     29 Dec 23 - 05 Jan 24                   110

Belal                       10 Jan 24 -  20 Jan 24                   165

Candice                   22 Jan 24 -  27 Jan 24                    95

Djoungou                 10 Feb 24 - 20 Feb 24                  230

Eleanor                    17 Feb 24 - 24 Feb 24                  110

Filipo                       04 Mar 24 - 15 Mar 24                  110

Gamane                   21 Mar 24 - 28 Mar 24                  165

Hidaya                     26 Apr 24 - 05 May 24                  140

Ialy                         13 May 24 - 23 May 24                  110

 

Temperature Graph for April 2024 will be posted as soon as available

Crime safety announcement:

There is an increase in Copper theft throughout Delmas and Botleng. This trend is causing unnecessary and prolonged power outages, leaving streets without power, or cause serious damage to switch gear or transformers.

All members of the community is urged to report suspicious people around these infrastructure or report to the Fire Department Control room at 087 288 0762 to dispatch electricians. Your support is urgently requested

                              The satellite image is extracted as at 06:30 this morning

 

 

DATE

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Total Rainfall recorded for the 2023/2024 Rainfall season

 

 

18

 

38

 

56

 

95

 

95

 

104

 

49

 

146

 

0

 

{ 6 }

 

 

 

 

{ 606 }

 

 

 

Weather Systems within the South Indian Ocean Basin

 

 

 

No storms today

PROVINCIAL AMBULANCE SERVICES

 

The service delivery challenges of the Mpumalanga Provincial Ambulance Services in terms of their Call Centre not answering or the serious delays caused by Ambulance crews not responding in time or "getting lost" because they do not know the area is unfortunately a matter outside the control of local government.

 

Kindly direct all complaints to the Provincial Department of Health Complaints line at 0800 204 098 or to the Presidential hotline at 17737 or email at president@presidency.gov.za