AF­TER THE FIRE: THE GOOD NEWS

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• The Feath­erbed Na­ture Re­serve will soon launch a hik­ing trail where the per­mit for the hike will in­clude a packet of seeds of the flora that was de­stroyed by the fire. Hik­ers can be part of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process by plant­ing them as they walk. knys­nafeath­erbed.com There were many heart-warm­ing ac­counts of lo­cals help­ing each other dur­ing the fires. Most of these sto­ries are now recorded in a com­mem­o­ra­tive book, Knysna Fire Sto­ries. Funds raised from the sale of the book will go to im­prov­ing Knysna’s fire­fight­ing abil­ity, aid­ing the tourism sec­tor and pro­vid­ing other as­sis­tance in re­build­ing. The first edi­tion has al­ready sold out, but a re­print is be­ing done. R395. knys­nafiresto­ries.co.za • Twenty work­ers who lost their jobs in the tourism sec­tor as a re­sult of the fires im­proved their skills through a pro­ject run by Skål In­ter­na­tional, which pro­motes global tourism. They have now re­turned to their jobs with new and upgraded skills. • So far, the Gar­den Route Re­build Ini­tia­tive (GRRI) has trained 40 pre­vi­ously un­em­ployed peo­ple from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to as­sist with in­va­sive-alien con­trol, soil-ero­sion mit­i­ga­tion and build­ing fire­breaks around com­mu­ni­ties. • Con­nected to this, the GRRI has sub­mit­ted fund­ing pro­pos­als to the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Cen­tre. ‘Should the ap­pli­ca­tion be suc­cess­ful, it will be the first time in SA that dis­as­ter fund­ing has been al­lo­cated to en­vi­ron­men­tal projects af­ter a dis­as­ter,’ says Paul Bu­cholz, pro­ject manager for the GRRI’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Work­stream.

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