Cape Town - With severe drought facing the Western Cape, coupled with it being fire season, the City of Cape Town has decided to prohibit any fires at Miller's Point located south of Simon’s Town.
The popular picnic spot was recently upgraded from the previous informal picnic and braai facilities, however, the City took a decision to prohibit fires along this section of coast due to the increased fire risk in the area as a result of the ongoing drought.
The City's mayoral committee member, Alderman JP Smith says, "while the upgrades will undoubtedly draw more visitors, we have had to minimise the risk of fires."
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The City says with the water shortages, it would not be responsible for the City to use potable water in the event of a runaway fire and transporting non-potable water to the area in the event of an emergency would take a significant amount of time.
"The City’s Recreation and Parks Department urges the public to enjoy the facilities responsibly without the use of fires or the consumption of alcohol in the area," says Smith.
Picnicking at the Miller’s Point recreation area is permitted daily throughout the festive season. Law enforcement will be on duty to monitor the area and enforce relevant by-laws.
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Here's what you can do to help minimise fire danger:
Do not publicly distribute unverified reports of arson, if you have information report it to the nearest police station.
Always throw cigarette butts into marked bins.
When making a braai, always be mindful of the wind and of any dry materials around it, and never leave it unattended.
Keep a bucket of sand or water handy just in case.
Always use designated braai facilities when camping or at a picnic spot.
Do not make open fires in the bush.
Never use illegal electrical connections and do not overload your multiplugs.
Do not play with matches or lighters, and make sure young children do not have access to it.
Have a safety plan in place for your home and keep valuables in an easy-to-reach place in case of evacuation.
Always report any fire you see by dialling one of the emergency numbers below.
District fire services that you can call to report a wildland fire emergency:
City of Cape Town: 021 480 7700
Overberg District Municipality: 028 425 1690
West Coast District Municipality: 022 433 8700
Eden District Municipality: 044 805 5071
Central Karoo District Municipality: 023 414 8176
Cape Winelands District Municipality: 021 887 4446
To report all emergencies, you can call 112 from a cellphone or 10177 from a landline toll-free.
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