In the wake of the devastating fires in the Southern and Eastern Cape, short-term insurer Santam has provided R1 million in fire-fighting equipment to the Sarah Baartman District Municipality to assist in curbing loss of life and help reduce the destructive impact of fires and other risks within exposed communities across the region.
“The extensive losses and damages to both lives, homes and other valuables has once again highlighted the need for collaboration between provincial and district disaster management centres to combat those communities at higher risk when it comes to fires and flooding,” says Santam’s executive head of market development Temba Mvusi.
The equipment provided to the district municipality included fire-fighting hoses, fire-fighter torches, rescue ropes, self-contained breathing apparatus, chain saws, portable communication radios and structural fire-fighter protective clothing.
The equipment will be to the benefit of seven fire stations across the municipality.
The contribution of equipment forms part of Santam’s long-established Programme for Risk and Resilience (P4RR) aimed at enhancing the capacity of local government in the areas of fire and flood risk management.
The programme also serves to help vulnerable communities reduce their exposure to manageable risks.
“Over the last few years we have registered significant successes with our shared proactive risk management approach in addressing ‘on the ground risks’ through established partnerships with municipalities and local government,” says Mvusi.
The P4RR, formed in 2012, was previously known as BAAM (Business-Adopt-A-Municipality). In the next five years, the joint partnership plans to proactively impact the lives of 5 million South Africans in 53 municipalities across the country.