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'Disaster status' deadline

By unknown | Jul 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

KwaZulu-Natal farmers and land owners have until Friday to submit stock loss data to the provincial government for a decision to be made on granting the region disaster status.

Three weeks ago runaway veld fires, fanned by heavy gale force winds, destroyed about 60000 hectares of plantations and small holdings.

Large numbers of livestock were killed and several families left homeless. Organised agriculture and subsistence farmers were mostly affected by the fires.

Mbulelo Baloyi, the spokesman for the KwaZulu-Natal agricultural department, said those affected have until Friday to fill in their stock loss forms.

"The information will then be collated and submitted to the MEC for agriculture and environmental affairs, Mtholephi Mthimkulu.

"The MEC will then condense the disaster and stock loss forms into a report for Premier Sbu Ndebele. The premier will then pass the report on to President Thabo Mbeki for consideration that the affected areas be declared disaster-hit areas.

"This would then pave the way for relief and assistance to help the victims of the fires."


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