VKLM FIRE

 

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

 

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Legal stuff:

 

  • 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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  • Warnings are issued by the South African Weather Services (SAWS) ONLY in the form of emails or message systems and those relevant to the Victor Khanye Municipal area is published under the "Weather Warnings" box on the main page for information and early warning purposes to the community.
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By notice from the Webmaster

With the FDI being Yellow, the FDI score is 58 for today, above the threshold of 45. Firebreaks / controlled burning is not recommended for today, a contributing factor is the high winds and gusts expected throughout the day.

 

No burn permits will be issued for the next few days.

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

RAINFALL SINCE THE START OF THE 2019 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.

 

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 season cycle started in September 2019.

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 three months temperatures.

 

This section is being developed, please visit again later. The individual temperature graphs for the available months will be displayed in the frams below as soon as all is captured and uploaded

DATE

Total Monthly Rainfall recorded (mm)

SEPTEMBER 2019

Total

 

OCTOBER 2019

Total

 

NOVEMBER 2019

Total
 

DECEMBER 2019

Total

 

JANUARY 2020

Total
 

FEBRUARY 2020

Total

 

MARCH 2020

Total

 

APRIL 2020

Total

 

MAY 2020

Total

 

JUNE 2020

Total

 

 

 

8.5

 

 

29.5

 

 

201

 

 

210

 

 

152

 

 

42

 

 

73

 

 

125

 

 

0

 

 

4


 

 

South African Weather Service, model forecast for the winter period will be made available as soon as it is received

 

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently in a weak El Niño state and the forecast indicates that it will most likely remain weak or move to a neutral state for the coming period. ENSO forecast are currently extremely uncertain with a wide variety of outcomes predicted by different forecasting centres. The forecast models indicate above normal temperatures for the period February of April with below normal temperatures predicted for the South Westers parts of the country. Rainfall forecasts indicate a below normal rainfall over the highveld region.

 

What does this mean?

 

In summary, we will have warmer than normal Autumn days (especially over the northern parts and Lowveld areas of the country, which will have an increase in various hazards, including higher UV exposure levels, higher possibility of earlier outbreak and intensity of grassfires, etc.). Further, a below normal rainfall can be expected during the Autumn period. This is the total amount of rainfall over the region. But what is said is that it is difficult to predict rainfall with the current ENSO state and expected rainfall can be presented in the form of intense highveld storms (violent but of short duration).

 

The community are urged to start making provisions and preparations for an earlier than normal grassfire season. Start preparing control measures and ensure equipment are ready.

Some scary facts from recent releases:

 

Kriel: Have been noted as the second highest contributor to air pollution in the world.

 

eMahlaleni: Have been noted as possibly being the second largest drug hub in the world in terms of variety and supply of drugs

 

Victor Khanye: Delmas shows the highest Hi-jacking trend in South Africa, which is a very scary statistic. Almost all categories of crime have shown an increase according to Police statistics.

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.

PROVINCIAL AMBULANCE SERVICES

 

The service delivery challenges of the Mpumalanga Provincial Ambulance Services in terms of their Call Centre not answering or the serious delayes caused by Ambulance crews not responding in time or "getting lost" becasue 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@po.gov.za

 

 

COVID-19 within Victor Khanye Local Municipal area

 

Reported cases = 57

Recovered = 9

Critical = 0

Deaths = 0