South African Tourism is closely monitoring the progress of the wildfires that broke out in Knysna, Western Cape, following severe weather conditions. South African Tourism is in constant contact with emergency services as they continue to work around the clock.
South African Tourism is working very closely with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), who have people on the ground in the affected areas who are assisting travelers and residents.
The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre is also in continued contact with resources on the ground battling the fires in the Knysna area. Additional fire-fighting resources have been deployed to the area to assist the teams on the ground, these include 8 fire trucks from the City of Cape Town, two from the Overberg district and 12 additional working on fire teams. While some areas in the town have already been evacuated, there is currently no call for a mass evacuation of the entire Knysna area.
In addition to this, Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) has set up an operations centre at Pelican Lodge through its partner, Safari and Tourism Insurance Brokers (SATIB). The emergency number for the centre is 0861 728 4248 for medical emergencies, reporting missing people and trauma counselling services.
Stranded tourists or those who have made bookings in the Knysna area, are also advised to contact Ilze Jacobs, Safety and Security Officer of the Eden District Municipality on (044) 343 3283 OR 082 9722 507.
“Our thoughts are with all the affected people at this time. We advise all travelers to please adhere to the warnings issued by emergency services.” said Sisa Ntshona, chief executive officer of South African Tourism.
For regular updates travelers visit the Facebook page, Knysna Fires 7th June.