It is always sad when we learn of people passing away in the outdoors.
A member of the Working On Fire (WOF) team has unfortunately lost his life while assisting to battle a wildfire blaze in the Simonsberg mountains near Stellenbosch yesterday.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
Meanwhile outside George, a member of the Working For Water (WFW) team has been missing in the Outaniqua mountains above the town since the 30th of January 2018.
The search is still ongoing, and we hope for a favourable outcome.
The WOF teams are contracted to the State for the purposes of controlling and extinguishing mountain wildfires.
The WFW teams are contracted to the State for the purposes of removing and controlling the growth of alien vegetation. This is beneficial for the preservation of the natural water reserves, and it also increases the yield by allowing more water to trickle into our reservoirs via the cleared out catchment areas.