09 June 2017 – Update from Eden DM district JOC that took place at 15:00
The Knysna Hospital is still closed, but to assist the South African Defense Force made a mobile emergency unit available. The Community Day Centre (CDC) moved to the Loerie Park (Knysna).
All Cape Nature firefighting teams in the Western Cape form part of the unified command and they are currently based in Knysna.
The Plettenberg Bay fire has been brought under control, but there are still a few active fire lines in Knysna. Aerial support is currently being utilised to contain these lines.
There are no immediate fire threats in the George area. Firefighters are currently busy with mopping up.
According to Eskom, most of the electricity supply of Knysna will be restored by 20h00 tonight, with exceptions of only 20 clients.
Telkom also indicated that their teams are hard at work, restoring their lines.
WHALE MOTORBIKE RALLY
All roads are open; however, the Traffic department has made a requested to all motor bikers travelling to the annual Whale Motorbike Rally this coming weekend in Hartenbos, to be mindful of the smoke on roads.
Currently, challenges are being experienced with the humanitarian aid due to facilities overflowing with perishable food. We would like to thank people for opening their hearts in such a generous way, but at the same time, we want to encourage them to donate NON-PERISHABLE items or to rather donate in cash.
Cash donations can be made to the Emergency Fund, Standard Bank, Account Number: 401719790, Cheque Account, Branch code, 050214.
DHL have volunteered to transport all tangible goods from all over the country. In the Western Cape, people can drop-off items at any fire station near them. From there, donations will be transported to Knysna.
We would like to ensure the public that all the expertise and help that we could get, are on board. All areas are being closely monitored.
*Issued by Eden District Municipality*
Eden Disaster Management is in need of mobile generators to assist in addressing water and sewerage challenges in the town of Knysna.
The specific need is mobile generators with a minimum capacity of 30 kVa.
Any service providers with this capacity could get in touch with the Disaster Management authorities in George on 044 805 5071.