‘Workers risked their lives in an effort to contain fire’

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Tebogo Msimanga

Injisuthi Camp in Ukhahlamba-Drankesberg will remain closed until further notice. This is due to a wildfire which moved quickly through the fenced Park on Saturday and destroyed staff accommodation – 11 rondavels, a workshop and laundry. The extent of the damage is still being assessed by officials from their entity Ezemvelo Wildlife.

Kwa Zulu Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube  expressed appreciation to those who risked their lives in an effort to contain the fire. “Ezemvelo staff residing in those rondavels lost everything as only three rondavels was saved. I am however comforted by the fact that our guests and staff members were not harmed.”

MEC reported that in the year 2019/20 Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife had 740,130 total visitors.This is a decrease of 5.3% (equivalent to 41,778) when compared to the year before. This figure is made of 581,585 in day-visitors, which is a decrease of 10.9% (equivalent to 71,347) Year-on-Year.

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