The Ray Nkonyeni Municipality would like to warn the community against starting open or unmonitored veld fires.

Since we have just started with the windy season, the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality would like to warn members of the public against starting open or unmonitored fires. As of the 02 July 2018 our Emergency Control Centre has been inundated by calls to attend to open veld fires which had a potential of destroying property.

We would like to therefore warn members of the public against starting veld fires or unmonitored fires as these may lead to destruction of property. This stern warning also goes to smokers not to throw cigarette butts which are not dowsed as they have a great potential of starting unmonitored fires. We further warn smoking drivers not to throw their cigarette butts out of vehicle windows as a single burning butt can wreak havoc on people’s lives and cause significant damage to property or even cause accidents as they result to poor visibility on the roads.

People should know that offenders or persons caught to have deliberately or unintentionally started the fire that has destroyed property or caused an injury could face a heavy fine and they could be arrested, charged with arson, and this includes those who are found dropping a burning cigarette butt that causes a fire. In addition such offenders may even be sued for damages.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any smouldering fires or uncontrolled hazardously looking fires to our Emergency Control Centre at 0396825555.

Issued by
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
+27 72 057 5387
+27 86 529 7121 /