South Africa's largest general insurer will release a report today on research into one of the......
South Africa's largest general insurer will release a report today on research into one of the Western Cape's worst wildfire disasters. On the seventh of June 2017, Knysna and the Eden district municipal area were engulfed by a fire that
raged for more than a week. Seven people died in the inferno that caused more than two billion rand's of damage to Knysna and the surrounding areas. Following the disaster, Santam, commissioned the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Research Alliance for Disaster and Risk Reduction and the Fire Engineering Research Unit at Stellenbosch University to conduct research into its cause. The research findings are also expected to include a host of recommendations on how to
better manage disastrous wildfires. The report, which has taken nearly two years to compile, will be released in Cape Town ahead of the second year commemoration of the disaster.