The City of Cape Town has assured residents that everything possible will be done to prevent landslides and rock falls in areas destabilised by last week’s veld fires. The authority has called in the help of specialist consultants to undertake detailed investigations and propose and manage the implementation of remedial measures.
Brett Herron, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, says they expect to have consultants appointed during the course of next week with remedial work expecting to start in time to pre-empt the winter rains. “Fires such as these damage the vegetation that plays an important role in holding mountain soil in place, which can leave roads and homes on the mountain vulnerable to rock and mud slides during periods of heavy rain.” Herron adds that the City will also undertake intensive cleaning and maintenance of the existing storm-water systems in order to reduce the possibility of blockages.
“Continual assessments of potentially problematic areas will take place, and any necessary traffic diversions and disaster risk management measures will be implemented by the relevant departments”, says Herron.