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Knysna Firefighting Team Demobilised  

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  Today (17 June 2017), the fire fighters including those from the Working on Fire Programme were demobilised from where they were stationed in Knysna. The firefighters who came from as far as the North West, Gauteng, Free State and the Eastern Cape provinces. After the sweeping Wildfires were brought under control and extinguished, the […]

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Minister Des van Rooyen to Visit Knysna

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des Van Rooyen will visit Knysna Area tomorrow (14 June 2017) which was affected by the deadly inferno that raged for a number of days. The Minister will receive a briefing together with the Western Cape Provincial government Exco in Knysna. After the briefing, Minister […]

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The Situation on the Ground in the Western Cape Remains Dire

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South Africans have been praying for rain in the country, especially for the Western Cape that is still experiencing the worst drought conditions in decades. Although rain is still needed, the extreme weather conditions that begun on Tuesday, 07 June 2017 brought destruction and devastation on the ground. To this effect, the National Joint Operation […]

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The National Disaster Management Centre Calls on Communities to be on High Alert as Extreme Weather Conditions Persist

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As it was expected, the massive weather system has made landfall on 07 June 2017 in the Western Cape. The extreme weather conditions were characterised by heavy rains, strong winds and high sea waves. Even though Disaster Management Teams have prepared for the worst, the prevailing conditions on the ground have already left devastating scenes […]

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Disaster Management Preparing for the Worst Amid Expected Extreme Weather Conditions!

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen noted the weather alert from the South African weather services on the likelihood of severe weather condition. The Weather Services, “issued an alert that an intense cold front with associated steep upper air trough is expected to affect the Western Cape on […]

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CoGTA Held a Successful Imbizo in Free State Province

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The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), engaged communities and stakeholders on 12 May 2017 in the Free State province. This Imbizo of CoGTA is part of government’s programme to listen and respond to the needs of communities. “Our visit to the Free State is part of the process to get all stakeholders […]

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Media Alert: Invitation to the CoGTA Imbizo – Phuthaditjaba and Harrismith

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The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Des van Rooyen invites members of the media to join the CoGTA outreach programme that will start from Phuthaditjaba multipurpose community centre culminating at Harrismith – Free State Province. Through this outreach programme – the leadership will engage a number of key stakeholders. The Minister […]