The North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Desbo Mohono has warned the community against burning vegetation at the moment.
Veld fires in the Madibeng area, and the rest of North West, have recently destroyed a number of properties, grazing and infrastructure.
“A number of cases have been reported to the department and this raises an environmental management and sustainability impact concern and results in property damage, reduced soil fertility, destruction of vegetation, grazing land for animals, air and water pollution as well as destruction of wildlife” says Mohono.
Mohono said the veld fires are caused by land preparation, cigarette stubs, deliberate acts of arson and burning of debris.
“Veld fires affect both rural and urban areas and have the potential to spread out of control. We request people to refrain from igniting fires. Parents should also educate children about the dangers of playing with objects that may cause fire and ensure that these objects are kept out of reach at all times.”
Members of the public are advised to refrain from containing or putting out veld fires themselves as this may pose a danger to them. Contact specialised personnel immediately upon confirming the presence of veld fires.
In case of uncontrolled fires, contact Gabriel Phorotlho on 082 975 7737, or Schalk Voster on 083 443 1638