Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Overberg fires leave 800 families without income

By Nadia Samie

Fires in the Overberg region have left over 800 families without an income, as they had previously been dependent on the flower industry.
Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool visited the area yesterday, accompanied by Agriculture MEC Cobus Dowry, Local Government and Housing MEC Richard Dyantyi and Economic Planning MEC Tasneem Essop. The issue will be discussed today at a provincial cabinet meeting, after which a recommendation will be made as to whether or not to ask President Thabo Mbeki to declare the fire-ravaged area a disaster area. Should it be declared a disaster area, more funds will be made available to rehabilitate the region.

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