“There is a property on the other side of the road where the arc started due to the Eskom cables. Remember, we had tremendous winds on Sunday, up to 50km/h gusts. The embers from the fire were then blown on to our property and caused our timber plantation to catch alight.”
Dean said he was hoping that the timber plantation would regrow, citing a R500,000 loss for the estate if it doesn't.
“We can't take another knock, especially after five months of not trading — we've just only reopened.”
He said as far as he is concerned, Eskom would need to be held responsible for the cause of the fire, adding that people are understood to have witnessed the cables arcing.
“The road was covered in smoke. After the accident, I called the municipality to bring out officers to control the road and stop people from driving. A lot of people stopped driving because they were scared.”