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.
  • The Victor Khanye Local Municipal website can be visited at www.vklm.gov.za or www.victorkhanyelm.gov.za
  • All weather related data is received or extracted with gratitude from the South African Weather Services (www.weathersa.co.za) with the exception of the UV Index which is obtained from Accuweather (www.accuweather.com). It may occur that the SAWS site is unavailable at the time of refreshing this page, on which instance the data from Ventusky (www.ventusky.com) are used for graphical representation and with comparison to the meteoblue or ECMWF data from the "Windy" website (www.windy.com) to provide the given data.
  • 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.
  • Newsletters and most of the information related to snakes and snake safety are obtained from the African Snakebite Institute (ASI) (www.africansnakebiteinstitute.com) with gratitude to their continued research and inputs.
  • As per the DIsaster Management Regulations all South African based Websites should have information related to COVID-19 and a link to the official COVID-19 Website. This site have compliance to the regulations. There is a dedicated page with information and the published statistics, the link is on the home page, and key information is shared. For the official website please visit http://sacoronavirus.co.za

 

By notice from the Webmaster

The 2020 Fire Prohibition have officially lapsed bringing an official close to the grassfire season

 

Going forward, preparations for the summer season is continuing.

 

Please ensure storm water trenches, gutters are cleared of leaves, etc. verify roofs are secure, and check those trees.. 

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 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 three months temperatures.

(extracted from accuweather.com)

DATE

Total Monthly Rainfall recorded (mm)

SEPTEMBER 2020

Total

 

OCTOBER 2020

Total

 

NOVEMBER 2020

Total
 

 

 

 

6

 

 

54

 

 

116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently in a Neutral state and the forecast indicates that it will most likely move towards weak La Niña state during spring and early summer.

 

The likelihood of a La Niña phase during the coming summer months has drastically improved in the last few months, and it will be continuously monitored as we move closer to the summer forecasts.

 

What does this mean?

 

In summary, the multi-model rainfall forecast for spring, late spring and early summer (Sep-Oct-Nov, Oct-Nov-Dec and Nov-Dec-Jan) indicate increased chances of above-normal rainfall over most parts of the country with the main focus being on the summer rainfall areas in the north east of South Africa.

 

In general, most of the country is expected to experience above-normal temperatures during spring and late spring, with below-normal maximum temperatures predicted for the north eastern parts of the country during early summer.

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.

 

Increase of Tropical Storms for 2020 for Northern Hemisphere

 

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

 

So far (up to end September) there was 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.

 

 

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" 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 as at 22 November 2020

 

Reported cases = 472

Recovered = 460

Deaths = 10

Active cases = 2

 

Crime tendency warning

 

There is a concern on an opportunistic crime tendency currently on the N12 Eastbound, at the Springs / Daveyton Onramp side (Kingsway). There are criminals, working in a group of two to three that concentrate on smash-and-grab crime. They take advantage of the slow moving vehicles, especially during afternoon rush times where the roadworks result in a bottleneck at this offramp. They target especially women. They see something like cellphones and purses, then smash the window, grab the item it that state of surprise and disappear between the vehicles.

 

They make use of a weapon made out of an old spark plug and pepper spray to break the window. The sudden burst of the glass catch the victim off guard and then the eyes and skin starts to burn because of the pepper spray liquid. With this confusion they have the opportunity to grab the item and get away.

 

All people traveling to Gateng using the N12 are strongly cautioned to take note of this as the attacks are increasing. If you are driving on the N12 Eastbound (back to Delmas direction) and you are caught at that bottleneck, make sure that valuable items like purses and cellphones are not visible, and do not use the cell phone in that area. Do not open youselves up for an opportunistic crime. These criminals are violent.

 

In addition, LDV drivers, also take extra care as there is also vehicle hi-jacking incidents at the offramps between the same Springs / Daveyton (Kingsway) offramps up to Sundra / Eloff offramps. A white BMW is part of this syndicate. But these criminals are not afraid to shoot. Please be careful on the roads. These criminals target all road users, irrespective your skin colour!

Unexpected severe Storm - Sunday 09 November

 

On Sunday afternoon, 9 November 2020, a Thunderstorm cell developed North, North-West of Delmas, traveling in a southerly direction. The cell built up intensity traveling along the Koffiespruit gorge and created near-tornado like conditions with very strong winds and gusts.

 

Numerous houses' roofs was taken off, and in some cases complete structures was blown away. The winds also caused a number of trees to be uprooted, some fell on houses and vehicles, adding to the path of destruction.

 

Many people say it was a Tornado, but after assessments it was found that, eventhough there are large-scale damages that the indicators for a Tornado was not present. The event was registered as severe storm with damaging winds.

 

Area affected, mostly concetrated to Modder East Orchids agricultural holdings, parts of Eloff and Rietkol Small farms and isolated damages in Delmas and Olifantsfontein area.

 

Approximately 19 houses/structures was damaged in various degrees. (Based on reported and assessment.