The first time pint-sized teenager Amiena Pillay drove in a fire truck, she knew she would one day fulfil her dream of battling infernos in the coveted uniform. Within four years, she has completed two seasonal firefighting stints and was one of 91 fully-trained members of the 2018 intake whom[…]
By Imraan Buccus The fires in Knysna and elsewhere in the Eastern Cape are a terrible disaster. People have lost their homes and all their worldly goods and been traumatised. The outpouring of support and concern for the victims of this disaster is a very positive development that should be[…]
Losses caused by Western Cape fires and storms could cost the insurance industry in excess of R3 billion to R4 billion‚ outstripping the costs of previous disasters and leading to higher insurance premiums in affected areas‚ said Old Mutual Insure. On Friday‚ the death toll from severe weather and fires[…]
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said Thursday that the United Nations enters 2014 facing “severe humanitarian crises” with ongoing conflicts affecting millions of people around the world. Amos, a UN undersecretary general, told reporters in New York that 2013 ended with the highest levels of humanitarian crises, citing severe needs[…]
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