As part of its contribution to International Mandela Day, short term insurer Santam, in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, handed over a number of smoke detectors at the municipality’s head office in Port Elizabeth on 22 July, as part of a pilot project set to commence in the Kouga Local Municipality.
Speaking to Sarah Baartman News after the formal handover, Santam Stakeholder Relations Head John Lomberg said the detectors would be handed over to vulnerable communities in Cape St Francis, in response to the area often being affected by devastating fires.
He confirmed that a total of 252 out of the 798 detectors would be implemented as part of the pilot, with the eventual project rollout set to start in early 2017.
“As part our partnership with SALGA, training will be provided to communities as to what they can expect with the smoke detectors, and we will also monitor and track progress over the next three months before rolling the programme out nationally,” Lomberg said.
“With the help of the municipality who identified the potential hotspots in the respective informal settlements, we hope to reduce the risk of fires in these areas and also to highlight the dangers of how smoking affects communities with regards to fires.
CAPTION: Santam Stakeholder Relations Head, John Lomberg, hands over the first batch of smoke detectors to Sarah Baartman District Municipality Head of Disaster Management, Mandisa Nohashe set for distribution in Cape St Francis in the Kouga Local Municipality. Also present is the Senor Satellite Officer for Disaster Management in Kouga, Nomakaya Duna, and representatives for SALGA