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MEDIA STATEMENT: Provincial Legislature elects George Mayor and Portfolio Councillor

George Municipality warmly congratulates Executive Mayor Leon Van Wyk on his election to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature. He is joined by colleague Portfolio Councillor Financial Services, Dirk Wessels, in representing the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Ald Van Wyk said today, 11 June, that it has been a tremendous honour and privilege to serve as Executive Mayor and to work closely with the Municipal Manager in dealing with the challenges facing George. “We have had a common vision to deliver a high standard of services, to tackle upgrades of infrastructure, and to plan for the increase in economic activity and investment being experienced. There has been a common objective to improve levels of productivity so that our citizens can benefit through improved living conditions,” he said.

Municipal Manager, Dr. Michele Gratz, echoed these sentiments and said that she has worked exceptionally well with Alderman Van Wyk and believes they have taken George forward due to their common vision and good working relationship. “I wish Ald Van Wyk well on this new chapter of his political career. Our collaborative efforts have significantly advanced the infrastructure and economic growth of George, creating a foundation for continued progress and development,” she added.

Cllr Dirk Wessels expressed excitement for the journey ahead. “It has been an honour to serve the George community. Moving to the Western Cape Legislature gives me the opportunity to once again make a difference. I hope to make George proud.” Dr. Gratz thanked Cllr Wessels for his input over the past years within the Financial Directorate. “Cllr Wessels has been instrumental in strengthening our financial systems and ensuring fiscal responsibility. I am confident that he will bring the same level of commitment and expertise to his new role in the Provincial Legislature,” she stated.

The Deputy Executive Mayor, Raybin Figland, assumes the acting Mayoral role until the council appoints a full-time Executive Mayor, who will be announced in due course.

Caption: Executive Mayor Leon Van Wyk and Portfolio Councillor Dirk Wessels photographed together at the Provincial Legislature chambers in Cape Town today.

George Tourism Conference Highlights Regional Success and Future Plans

George Tourism Conference Showcases Collaboration and Innovation

On Thursday, May 9th, 2024, the annual George, Wilderness, and Uniondale Tourism Conference convened at the esteemed Fancourt Hotel in George, attracting over 70 local stakeholders eager to engage in discussions about the region’s tourism landscape.

 The conference served as a platform to update attendees on the achievements of George, Wilderness, and Uniondale Tourism in the current financial year, while also providing insights into upcoming plans for the new budget cycle.  Tourism Advisory Committee member, Leroy Ferreira, who is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Fancourt, opened the function with a warm welcome, setting a tone of hospitality and collaboration.

Joan Shaw, manager at George, Wilderness, and Uniondale Tourism, delivered a comprehensive overview of the organisation’s yearly accomplishments and future aspirations. Key destination statistics, airport arrivals, and market insights were presented, offering valuable information on visitor demographics and trends. Sharon House, from George, Wilderness, and Uniondale Tourism, emphasized the importance of engagement and updates for the CRM system, outlining various marketing opportunities available to stakeholders. Strategies for promoting the greater George area as a premier tourism destination were discussed, underscoring the collective effort required for success.  Representatives from the Tourism office shared insights into upcoming plans, including a sneak peak about the ‘George, Naturally’ campaign and marketing strategy objectives, as well as supported events for the 2024/25 financial year and future development plans aimed at sustainable growth.

Paul Hoffman from H2P Project Management provided insights into the George Municipality Economic Development Strategy, encouraging feedback from attendees to ensure alignment with community needs.  Engaging presentations were delivered by fellow tourism stakeholders from the Garden Route and Klein Karoo Avitourism Project, Wide Open Spaces, Francois Ferreira Academy and Apprentice, and the Garden Route National Park, fostering connections and collaboration within the tourism community.

A highlight of the conference was the lively competition offering attendees the chance to win exciting prizes, generously sponsored by local businesses. From accommodation vouchers to adventure experiences and culinary delights, the prize lineup showcased the diverse offerings of the George area.  The amazing prize line up included accommodation vouchers from Buff and Fellow, Pirates Creek, Livingstone Villa, Harvil House, Woodifields Estate, Oubaai Hotel, Golf and Spa, as well as Libertas Guest Farm.  Experience and activity prize vouchers were diverse, with adventure offerings from Side Street Adventures (guided tour for 4 people on an e-bike to the Map of Africa), Guided Wine Walk with Wide Open Spaces, entries to the Karoo to Coast mountain biking event, and a guided hike or trail run by Explore with Cobro.  The George Golf Club offered an 18- hole round of golf for 4 players, Elevate Action Centre gave away multiple jump vouchers, and there were also vouchers for the fun Insomniac Party Bus experience, as well as a cooking class at Francois Ferreira Academy.  The scenic Outenqiua Powervan sponsored 10 tickets for a trip up the mountain, while Ezet’s Tours gave away a Garden Route Tour experience for 2 people.  Kruisaar Padstal sponsored a sit-down roosterkoek meal, the Noshery pizzeria and deli at Redberry Farm offered a wood-fired pizza voucher and Kontrei Padstal gave away two breakfast vouchers.  Rounding it off was a Wine Lover’s Executive Gift Box and 3 Moleskin notebooks by the George Airport, and R500 in vouchers from the Garden Route Mall.

The conference was a resounding success, with attendees praising the organisation and quality of the event.  “Thank you for a superbly organised and very informative and enjoyable conference. We were inspired”, said Rika Sarvant from Seabreeze Cabanas. Mariska Louw from Golf in the Garden Route thanked the team, saying that it was very informative. “I wanted to extend my sincere gratitude for hosting the Tourism Conference at Fancourt. The event proved to be both insightful and necessary for our industry. Also, a good opportunity to network. Thank you for this initiative” added Linda Potgieter from Libertas Guest Farm. “This year’s conference was wonderful,” concluded Anthony Rosenbaum from Wide Open Spaces.

The Tourism office expressed gratitude to sponsors and delegates for their support and participation, reaffirming their commitment to the local tourism industry.  “We had an RSVP list of approximately115 stakeholders but only around 70 people were able to make it, and we understand that the servicing of the influx of rescue personnel to our area took the highest precedent.  It was an incredibly tough week in George, and we are proud of how the local Tourism industry responded to the Victoria Street crisis by sponsoring rooms and breakfast to frontline workers, providing donations to the rescue efforts at company level and the individual responses of residents across the city,” says Joan Shaw.  “We would also like to extend an enormous vote of thanks to Fancourt for sponsoring the venue and catering, to SND Productions for the big discount applied on the audiovisual services and to every delegate who could attend.  It was great to connect with you all in person”, added Shaw.

Relevant stakeholders residing and operating in George Municipality interested in becoming a part of the local tourism community, such as activities and experiences, restaurants, accommodation and events, can complete the Digital Registration application. For any questions or further assistance in this regard, stakeholders are welcome to contact Lindi Harley from George, Wilderness and Uniondale Tourism via email: members@visitgeorge.co.za or telephone: 044 877 0045.

PRESS RELEASE: GO GEORGE SCHEDULE ON PUBLIC HOLIDAY

With National Youth Day coming up on Sunday, 16 June and celebrated with a public holiday on Monday, 17 June, GO GEORGE passengers need to take note that the Saturday schedule (which is different to the weekday schedule) will be followed on all routes on this public holiday.

For any enquiries, please phone the GO GEORGE Call Centre on 0800 044 044, or visit the GO GEORGE Facebook, or the web page (www.gogeorge.org.za) where all routes, maps and schedules can be viewed and downloaded.

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PERSVRYSTELLING: GO GEORGE-SKEDULE OP OPENBARE VAKANSIEDAG
Met nasionale Jeugdag wat voorlê op Sondag, 16 Junie en gevier word met ’n openbare vakansiedag op Maandag, 17 Junie, moet GO GEORGE-passasiers asseblief kennis neem dat die Saterdagskedule (wat verskil van die weeksdagskedule) gevolg sal word op alle busroetes op hierdie openbare vakansiedag.

Vir enige navrae, skakel gerus die GO GEORGE-inbelkantoor by 0800 044 044, of besoek die GO GEORGE Facebook- of webblad (www.gogeorge.org.za) waar alle roetes, kaarte en skedules besigtig of afgelaai kan word.

GO GEORGE passenger satisfaction higher than ever

In the photograph above George Municipal Manager, Dr Michelle Gratz, and Executive Mayor, Alderman Leon van Wyk were pleased to learn about the positive results in the latest annual passenger satisfaction survey handed over to them by James Robb (far right), Public Transport Oversight Official of the George Municipality.

George se munisipale bestuurder, dr. Michelle Gratz, en uitvoerende burgemeester, raadsheer Leon van Wyk, was bly om te verneem van die positiewe resultate in die jongste jaarlikse passasierstevredenheidsopname wat James Robb (heel regs), toesigbeampte oor openbare vervoer van die George-munisipaliteit, aan hulle oorhandig het.

The results are in: A whopping 93% of passengers are highly satisfied with the GO GEORGE service and the opportunities it provides in terms of safety, accessibility, mobility, and affordability. George residents experience GO GEORGE as a positive public transport option that contributes significantly to their environment and the economic development of the town.

This is the outcome of the latest annual passenger satisfaction survey conducted among users of GO GEORGE, special-interest groups and other stakeholders indirectly affected by the bus service.

According to Morné Lakay, GO GEORGE Manager, an all-inclusive public transport service is an essential contributor to economic growth, poverty alleviation, social integration and job creation in communities. “We need to know whether we hit the mark and find this survey the optimal tool to obtain feedback on passenger experience regarding systems operation. It helps us to understand passenger trip characteristics and how passengers plan and execute a trip.  We get an indication of passenger perceptions in terms of value for money, cost, and affordability,” Lakay said.

Feedback from passengers and special-interest groups

The survey done on behalf of GO GEORGE by research specialists in the socio-economic field aims to determine the overall socio-economic impact of GO GEORGE, including the macro-economic and transport economic impact. It was done in all the operational areas over six weeks, from 21 September 2023, Mondays to Fridays from 07:00 until 17:00. In addition to interviews with passengers, special-interest groups were also approached for insight. These included formal as well as informal businesses, forums impacted by universal accessibility such as special-needs schools and the GO GEORGE Disability Forum, and town planners – both private and municipal.

Higher scores confirm overall satisfaction

Most passenger satisfaction scores have improved from 2022, indicating that GO GEORGE successfully achieved its stated aims of providing a high-quality public transport service. The following areas obtained very high levels of satisfaction:

  • Bus stop accessibility (100%)
  • On-board bus accessibility (94,1%)
  • Safety and security at bus stops (95,8%)
  • Skilled drivers (96,4%)
  • Bus drivers are knowledgeable, courteous, friendly and helpful (94,6%)
  • Smart Card kiosk cashiers are knowledgeable, courteous, friendly and helpful (95,4%)
  • Solving Smart Card problems (94,4%)
  • Ease of understanding timetables and route maps (96,5%)
  • Reliability of services (92,9%)
  • Destination and bus stop proximity (93,7%)

“This kind of feedback is heartwarming,” commented Lakay. “The prioritisation of public transport investment is an absolute necessity. Government subsidises public transport – GO GEORGE trips included – so that nobody should have to turn away a job opportunity because they cannot afford to travel to work.”

 

GO GEORGE-passasierstevredenheid hoër as ooit

Die uitslae is in: ‘n Allemintige 93% van passasiers is hoogs tevrede met die GO GEORGE-diens en die geleenthede wat dit bied ten opsigte van veiligheid, toeganklikheid, beweeglikheid en bekostigbaarheid. George-inwoners ervaar GO GEORGE as ‘n positiewe openbare vervoeropsie wat beduidend bydra tot hul omgewing en die ekonomiese ontwikkeling van die dorp.

Dit is die uitkoms van die jongste jaarlikse passasierstevredenheidsopname wat gedoen is onder gebruikers van GO GEORGE, spesiale belangegroepe en ander belanghebbendes wat indirek deur die busdiens geraak word.

Volgens Morné Lakay, GO GEORGE-bestuurder, is ‘n allesomvattende openbare vervoerdiens ‘n noodsaaklike bydraer tot ekonomiese groei, armoedeverligting, maatskaplike integrasie en werkskepping in gemeenskappe. “Ons moet weet of ons ons doel bereik het en vind hierdie opname die optimale hulpmiddel om terugvoer te kry oor passasierservaring rakende die werking van stelsels. Dit help ons om passasiers se reispatrone te verstaan en hoe hulle ‘n rit beplan en uitvoer. Ons kry ‘n aanduiding van passasierspersepsies in terme van waarde vir geld, koste en bekostigbaarheid,” het Lakay gesê.

Terugvoer van passasiers en spesiale belangegroepe

Die opname wat namens GO GEORGE deur navorsingspesialiste op sosio-ekonomiese gebied gedoen is, het ten doel om die algehele sosio-ekonomiese impak van GO GEORGE, insluitend die makro-ekonomiese en vervoerekonomiese impak, te bepaal. Dit is oor ses weke in al die operasionele gebiede gedoen, van 21 September 2023, Maandae tot Vrydae van 07:00 tot 17:00. Benewens onderhoude met passasiers, is spesiale belangegroepe ook genader vir insig. Dit sluit in formele sowel as informele ondernemings, forums wat geraak word deur universele toeganklikheid soos skole met spesiale behoeftes en die GO GEORGE-gestremdheidsforum, en stadsbeplanners – privaat sowel as munisipaal.

Hoër tellings bevestig algehele tevredenheid

Die meeste passasierstevredenheidstellings het verbeter vanaf 2022, wat daarop dui dat GO GEORGE sy verklaarde doelwitte om ‘n hoëgehalte openbare vervoerdiens te lewer, suksesvol bereik het. Die volgende gebiede het baie hoë vlakke van tevredenheid getoon:

  • Toeganklikheid van bushalte (100%)
  • Toeganklikheid aan boord van busse (94,1%)
  • Veiligheid en sekuriteit by bushaltes (95,8%)
  • Vaardige bestuurders (96,4%)
  • Busbestuurders is kundig, hoflik, vriendelik en behulpsaam (94,6%)
  • Slimkaartkiosk-kassiere is kundig, hoflik, vriendelik en behulpsaam (95,4%)
  • Die oplossing van slimkaartprobleme (94,4%)
  • Gemak om roosters en roetekaarte te verstaan (96,5%)
  • Betroubaarheid van dienste (92,9%)
  • Nabyheid van bestemming en bushalte (93,7%)

“Hierdie soort terugvoer maak ons harte warm,” het Lakay gesê. “Die prioritisering van belegging in openbare vervoer is ‘n absolute noodsaaklikheid. Die regering subsidieer openbare vervoer – GO GEORGE-ritte ingesluit – sodat niemand ‘n werksgeleentheid hoef weg te wys omdat hulle nie kan bekostig om werk toe te ry nie.”

Media Release: Wrap on Incidents related to  Flooding for George Municipal area

Heavy rainfall over two days (3/4 June) resulted in some localized flooding in the George Municipal area however no major incidents were reported.

GEORGE DISASTER SERVICES  
79 pieces of gunplas issued mostly at informal settlements for Rosedale and Thembalethu Zone 6 and 7, Ward 12

5 Motor Vehicle Accidents (R102, N2 Gwaing Bridge, Garden Route Mall, N2 Pacaltsdorp, Outeniqua Pass – no injuries
Fallen trees – Thembalethu Potgieter se Dam, Harry Comay Hospital, Hoekwil, Wilderness, removed by George Fire Services
Sandbags – +_ 10 issued to community members.

TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT

The vehicle Testing Station closed Tuesday 4 June due to localized flooding and reopened on 5 June.

PARKS AND RECREATION

Parks and Recreation responded to a fallen tree at Herold’s Bay and Bridge Road

CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES
44 Stormwater complaints attended to

ROADS

5 June – West Access Road to Haarlem is currently inaccessible due to flooding. (Provincial Road)

ELECTROTECHNICAL SERVICES
SS Wilderness tripped early hours of 4 June; load was picked up by George Municipality. Wilderness Network was restored to ESKOM grid by late afternoon.

Weather related trip at SS Constantia Kloof, restored power to Constantia Kloof and Wilderness Village late afternoon of 4 June

Pacaltsdorp Library Establishes Mini-Library for the Blind

In the photo: Sitting is Robin Mouton a patron assisted by the Library for the Blind WC Project Team member

Pacaltsdorp Library, one of four libraries in the George Municipal precinct, is proud to announce the establishment of a Mini-Library for the Blind. Public libraries are mandated to provide inclusive services catering to all community needs, thereby improving the quality of life for all citizens. The Mini-Library for the Blind in Pacaltsdorp opens doors to knowledge and information for visually impaired residents, creating valuable learning opportunities.

Background of Mini-Libraries:
• Joint Initiative: The project is a collaboration between the Department of Arts & Culture (DAC) and the South African Library for the Blind (SALB).
• Pioneering Project: Initially launched in the Eastern Cape in 2010, the initiative has now been expanded to other provinces.
• Primary Objective: To provide access to reading materials through assistive devices and necessary technology.
• Bringing Services to the People: This initiative tangibly delivers library services, making public libraries more inclusive.
• Opportunities for All: The project benefits all illiterate and visually impaired individuals by offering free services.
• Positive Feedback: Communities benefiting from the project have expressed positive responses.

Advantages to Users:
• Social Interaction: Opportunity to interact with other library members.
• Access to Information and Technology: Users gain access to a variety of resources and technological tools.
• Training: Users receive training on provided technologies.
• Participation in Library Programs: Users can participate in book discussions, book clubs, and other library activities.
• Enrichment of Lives: The initiative makes a significant, tangible impact on users’ lives.
• Increased Reading Interest: Encourages a greater interest in reading.

“With the above-mentioned in mind, we would like to encourage visually impaired and illiterate people to take full advantage of this service by indicating to us (Library Services) if any people meet these requirements (that is visually impaired or illiterate),” said the Manager for library services in George, Ms Rachel Williams. “They can sign up for this service (become library members) by registering at Pacaltsdorp Library). Please bring along your ID and proof of residence to sign up. All interested ones can visit the library during operational hours,” Williams added.

By participating, users will benefit from enhanced access to information and resources designed to enrich their lives and foster a love for reading.

Contact Information:
• Location: Pacaltsdorp Library
• Contact Persons: Elton Snyders or Robyn Parks on telephone numbers: 044 803 9340 or to email address: rbparks@george.gov.za
• Operational Hours: Monday to Thursday between 09:00 and 17:30 and on Fridays between 09:00 and 17:00.

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Gwaiing Solar System Achieves Remarkable Energy and Cost Savings

Visit to the Gwaing Waste Water Treatment Works earlier this year: From left is Alderman Leon van Wyk (Executive Mayor of George), Dr Michele Gratz (Municipal Manager), Daniel Greeff (Acting Director of Electrotechnical Services, George Municipality), Councillor Nosicelo Mbete (Portfolio Councillor for Electrotechnical Services and Fleet Management), Thabo Yiga (Project Manager: Electrotechnical Services) and Edward Pienaar (Engineering Designer for RWK Electrical, the appointed contracting company).

The George Municipality is thrilled to announce that the newly installed 500 kWp solar system at the Gwaiing Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) which is located next to the landfill site adjacent to the old Airport Road has been fully operational since 25 March 2024 and it has been delivering remarkable results over the past two months.

The 500 kilowatts peak (kWp) grid-tied PV plant consists of 910 PV Panels & 5 x 100kW inverters at a total cost of around R8.7m (Inclusive of VAT), including a 24-month Operation and Maintenance period. It was commissioned on the 25th of March 2024 and is expected to generate in the order of 870 MWh of energy per year. The electricity generated is used to run the pumps and motors for the wastewater treatment works during the day.

Key Achievements:
• Energy Production: The solar system has generated a total of 112,000 kWh (units) of energy in two months.
• Cost Savings: With an average cost of R1.80 per kWh, the savings amount to R201,600.
• Environmental Impact: The system has reduced our carbon footprint by an estimated 53 tonnes, equivalent to planting 74 trees.

The implementation of this solar system highlights the George Municipality’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions and reducing the environmental impact. The savings and carbon footprint reduction are significant milestones in our journey towards a greener future.

The Municipality wishes to thank the community for their support and looks forward to sharing more updates as we continue to enhance our sustainable energy infrastructure.

The solar system has generated a total of 112,000 kWh (units) of energy in two months

 

Trimming of Historic “Slave Tree” for Safety Reasons

One of the largest and oldest trees in the Southern Hemisphere, known as the “slave tree,” approximately 212 years old, has been trimmed for safety reasons. This tree has been a sentry, overlooking the many visitors to the George Tourism Office, situated at 124 York Street, since its inception.

The Quercus Robur (English oak) tree, popularly known as the slave tree, is located at the George tourism office and was #29 on the list of Champion trees. However, it was de-listed after the tree was damaged by the elements in recent years.

Planted in 1811 with the establishment of George, this oak tree has been central to an urban legend and dubbed the ‘Old Slave Tree’ due to the thick chain and lock, firmly lodged into the base of the tree. However, in 1811, when slaves were emancipated, the tree was but a sapling, the roller for the lawn tennis court that once stood in front of the girls’ school, was chained to the tree, and the relic of that was left in the tree.

Over the years, the tree has deteriorated, and its falling dead branches have become a hazard to people and property. Consequently, the George Municipality undertook the pruning of these dead branches.

Discussions are ongoing to find a possible way to preserve what remains of this tree, which plays a significant role in the history of George.

MEDIA STATEMENT: 15:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 17 May 2024 at 15:30

The rescue and recovery operations for the building collapse site lasted 260 hours.

SITE HANDOVER CONCLUDED

Search and rescue efforts are completed. Consequently, the site is classified as a crime scene and has officially been handed over for a formal investigation by the South African Police Service (SAPS) who will hand it over to the Department of Labour and Employment for their formal investigation to be conducted.

RESCUE OPERATIONS CONCLUDE WITH MANY SAVED, SOME DECEASED

The success of the rescue efforts undertaken after the building collapse, can be largely attributed to the critical actions taken during the first 48-hours. During this period, rescuers performed their operations with remarkable precision by ensuring victims were safely removed from the incident. This swift foundational phase was also carefully coordinated from a Joint Operations Centre on-site and a Multi-Agency Command Centre at the Garden Route District Municipality.

The Multi-Agency Command Centre can only account for those who were recovered during the search and rescue operations from the scene. This is why approximate totals were used as each minute unfolded.

Based on information received from the contractor on site, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other emerging external sources (witness statements), the estimated number of individuals on site during the incident amounted to approximately 81. We are aware that as the incident unfolded the numbers fluctuated, however we can now officially confirm that with the rescue and recovery efforts now completed, only 62 individuals are accounted for.

The difference between the approximate of people on site and the official number now confirmed can be attributed to the following ABCs:
A) We found that some of the names on the contractor’s list were duplicated
B) Official investigations by SAPS confirmed that some of those on the contractor’s list were not at work on the day of the incident
C) CCTV clearly proved that some of those on the site left before the first responders reached the site and to date they have never reported their whereabouts.

Report history:
75 (approximate on-site) reported from 6 May 2024, 21:00 until 9 May 2024 at 06:00
81 (approximate on-site) reported from 9 May 2024, 6:30am until 16 May 2024 at 21:00
62 (confirmed on-site) reported on 17 May 2024, 09:00 at the end of the rescue and recovery operations.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Deceased: 33
* Of the 33 deceased, two (2) still to be formally identified
* Hospitalised: 10
* Discharged: 19

List of nationalities present on the incident site:
* South Africa: 15
* Mozambique: 19
* Zimbabwe: 7
* Malawi: 13
* Lesotho: 5
* Permanent Residency Holder: 1
* Unknown nationality: 2

Repatriations are being undertaken by the Consulates of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Lesotho.

Feature Photograph: South African Police Service

Additional Photo: Garden Route District Municipality

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Joint Media Release: George building collapse rescue and recovery operation concluded

Issued on behalf of the Western Cape Government

“Today we concluded the George building collapse rescue and recovery operation,” said Anton Bredell Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning. Minister Bredell added that this disaster will be remembered for the immense and tragic loss of life, but also for the incredibly brave and selfless work carried out by the more than 1 000 rescue, support, and volunteer workers who were involved since Monday, 6 May, when the incident occurred.

The rescue operation saw more than 6 000 tons of rubble being carefully removed while rescue workers searched for survivors. The operation lasted 260 hours, with personnel working on a 24-hour basis, with 2 shifts on rotation.

Premier Alan Winde said, “This has been an exceptionally difficult time for us all. But through it all, our disaster management workers and volunteers persevered with the sole aim of saving the lives of as many people as possible. My heartfelt condolences go to the families of the 33 victims. We share your pain and will do everything we can to hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable.”

Minister Bredell confirmed that the numbers of people involved in the collapse were:

62 people were on the building site when the collapse occurred;
34 people were successfully rescued;
33 people passed away, including 5 people who were rescued, but sadly succumbed to their injuries in hospital;
10 people are still in hospital, and 19 people have either been discharged or received on site medical treatment.

The Minister said that although there were several revisions to the number of people who were reported to be on site when the collapse happened and during the rescue operation; it is important to understand that rescue personnel had to work under extremely difficult conditions, with the information provided to them at the time based on information received from the contractor on site, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other emerging external sources. “I am very happy that we could revise the number of people on site down from 81 to 62, as it means fewer families are grieving today,” he stated.

Premier Winde concurred adding, “Our attention is now focused on the investigation that the Western Cape Government (WCG) launched just hours after the incident. This was a devastating tragedy. We need to understand what happened and what steps need to be taken to ensure that we do whatever we can to hold those who need to be held to account.”

An update on this investigation will be provided in due course.

“This operation saw a rescue rate of 54.8%, which is truly remarkable when compared with international statistics which indicate a rescue rate of only 10% during similar building collapse scenarios. This is testament to the brave and professional work of our rescue workers, and the result of years of investing and training in our provincial disaster capabilities, which are world-class. There were so many tough and difficult moments for our teams on the ground during this operation, and I am so proud of our team for every life saved. I know what it did for all of us when our teams pulled Gabriel from the rubble early on Saturday morning. And I must again recognise all the residents of this province who pulled together and showed immense compassion and support, thank you,” concluded Premier Winde.

MEDIA STATEMENT: 09:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 17 May 2024 at 09:00

Rescue and recovery operations at the 75 Victoria Street building collapse site in George will cease during the course of today and access to Victoria Street remains closed from York Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site for 259 hours.

Based on information received from the contractor on site, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other emerging external sources, the estimated number of individuals on site during the incident was 81. We are aware that as the rescue operation unfolded the numbers fluctuated, however we can now confirm that 62 individuals were either recovered or rescued which allows for a 54.8% rescue rate.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33
* Of deceased still to be formally identified: 4
* Alive (and/or hospitalized): 29

HANDOVER OF SITE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
The Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality are finalising preparations for the Department of Labour and Employment to take over the building collapse site to continue their formal investigation.

RESPECTING PATIENT PRIVACY IN MEDICAL FACILITIES
Members of the media and public are kindly requested to respect the privacy of the patients who are still hospitalised and receiving treatment at medical facilities. Their dignity while they recover, should be observed, protected, and respected.

REFRAIN FROM SPECULATION
The public is advised that official investigations into the incident are being undertaken by SAPS, Department of Labour, Department of Infrastructure, and an independent structural engineering firm appointed by the Western Cape Government. Speculation and possible causes by unofficial “experts” could impact negatively on the official investigation. The public is requested to refrain from spreading malicious rumours and/or fake news.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT BY DSD
There is currently a Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) desk at the George Town hall, which is referring any family members or close relatives of the affected contract workers to their offices at York Park Building situated in York Street. For more information contact telephone number: 044 814 1920/21 / 072 4561 486.

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months. Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

COMMUNICATION WITH THE MEDIA/PUBLIC
Updates about the rescue and recovery operations are scaled down to three (3) updates per day at 9:00, 12:00 and 15:00.

The next update will be issued at 12:00.

Photograph Garden Route District Municipality

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Media Release: SANRAL and Provincial Traffic collaborate to improve safety and mobility at high-risk intersection – N2 Knysna Road and Urbans Boulevard

Issued by George Municipality on behalf of SANRAL

Western Cape, 16 May 2024 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) and Western Cape Government Provincial Traffic are working together to improve safety and mobility during the R700 million upgrade of the N2 between Kraaibosch and Touw River, where a pointsman, supported by Provincial Traffic will be dedicated to direct traffic during peak travel times.

The current road improvement construction contract starts at Kraaibosch at the N2 George Interchange and ends at the Touw River, just past Wilderness. As part of the improvement contract, a 3km section of the N2 between Kraaibosch and the turn-off to Victoria Bay will be reconstructed as all pavement layers needs to be replaced. This section of road will also be widened in places to accommodate four lanes (two in each direction).

The existing intersection (previously a traffic circle), between Urbans Boulevard and Rademachers falls within this section of road. “Given the significant traffic volume, every effort is made to maintain two-way traffic and minimise one-way traffic accommodation sections by means of a Stop/Go traffic control,” said David Le Cordeur, SANRAL Project Manager.

“Furthermore, for the contractor to do the required work on this section of road, while maintaining two-way traffic, certain lanes needed to be closed. This resulted in the temporary removal of the traffic circle and replacing it with the existing intersection to Rademachers and the Urbans Boulevard. Once the road surface improvements have been completed, the traffic circle will be reconstructed.”
Le Cordeur explained that the N2 traffic currently has right of way with a 60 km/h speed limit and the adjoining traffic from Rademachers and the Urbans Boulevard is controlled by means of Stop signs.

“The frustration experienced by road users, particularly the adjoining traffic from Rademachers and Urbans Boulevard is noted and to this end, Provincial Traffic will henceforth be on site during peak travel times, to assist the contractor’s pointsman in directing the traffic at this intersection,” said Le Cordeur.

The contractor will also have flagmen in place to assist the pointsman, who will be in place between 07h00 and 17h30 on weekdays. However, if the traffic situation requires the availability of the pointsman for longer hours, this will be considered.
It is anticipated that the construction period will last for approximately seven months on this section of the road, and road users are encouraged to make provision for additional travel time between George and Wilderness.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 21:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 16 May 2024 at 21:00

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 16 May 2024 at 21:00

Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway on day ten (10) following the building collapse at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 247 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

So far, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

HANDOVER OF SITE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

The Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality are finalising preparations for the Department of Labour and Employment to take over the building collapse site to continue their formal investigation.

RESPECTING PATIENT PRIVACY IN MEDICAL FACILITIES

Members of the media and public are kindly requested to respect the privacy of the patients who are still hospitalised and receiving treatment at medical facilities. Their dignity while they recover, should be observed, protected, and respected.

REFRAIN FROM SPECULATION

The public is advised that official investigations into the incident are being undertaken by SAPS, Department of Labour, Department of Infrastructure, and an independent structural engineering firm appointed by the Western Cape Government. Speculation and possible causes by unofficial “experts” could impact negatively on the official investigation. The public is requested to refrain from spreading malicious rumours and/or fake news.

RESCUE WORKERS ON SITE

The highest number of role players on-site in a single day was 682. As of now, nearly 150 rescue workers and support staff remain committed on-site to the rescue and recovery operations.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6 months. Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

All families of the affected contract workers will from 10:00 am, tomorrow, 17 May, be routed to the Department of Social Development at the York Park Building situated on York Street. For more information contact telephone number: 044 814 1920/1 / 072 4561 486.

THANK YOU TO ALL ROLE PLAYERS

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa during his visit to the site today, and the Western Cape MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Minister Anton Bredell, at the JOC this evening, respectively extended words of gratitude to all roleplayers for the excellent manner in which the entire incident was coordinated.

COMMUNICATION WITH THE MEDIA/PUBLIC

As from Friday, 17 May 2024 (tomorrow), updates about the rescue and recovery operations will be scaled down to and communicated from 6 updates to 3 updates per day at 9:00, 12:00 and 15:00.

The next update will be issued at 9:00, 17 May 2024 (tomorrow).

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 18:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 16 May 2024 at 18:00

Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway on day ten (10) following the building collapse at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 244 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

So far, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

HANDOVER OF SITE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

The Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality are finalising preparations for the Department of Labour and Employment to take over the building collapse site to continue their formal investigation.

RESPECTING PATIENT PRIVACY IN MEDICAL FACILITIES

Members of the media and public are kindly requested to respect the privacy of the patients who are still hospitalised and receiving treatment at medical facilities. Their dignity while they recover, should be observed, protected and respected.

REFRAIN FROM SPECULATION

The public is advised that official investigations into the incident are being undertaken by SAPS, Department of Labour, Department of Infrastructure as well as an independent structural engineering firm appointed by the Western Cape Government. Speculation and possible causes by unofficial “experts” could impact negatively on the official investigation. The public is requested to refrain from spreading malicious rumours and/or fake news.

RESCUE WORKERS ON SITE

The highest number of role players on-site in a single day was 682. As of now, nearly 150 rescue workers and support staff remain committed on-site to the rescue and recovery operations.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6 months. Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

The next update will be issued at 21:00, 16 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 15:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 16 May 2024 at 15:00

Caption: The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, took a moment to greet and thank all the rescue workers on site. Pictured is K9-unit’s Sergeant Makhosonke and to his right is Sergeant Kotze. The President was accompanied by the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, and various National and Provincial Minister.

Rescue and recovery efforts are on day ten (10), following the incident that took place at 75 Victoria Street on 6 May 2024. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 241 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

So far, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months.

Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

The next update will be issued at 18:00, 16 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 12:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 16 May 2024 at 12:00

Rescue and recovery efforts on day nine (9) will carry over to day ten (10) at 14:09 today 16 May, following the incident at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 237 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

The media is kindly requested to respect the privacy of the patients still hospitalised/receiving treatment at medical facilities in George. Their dignity while they recuperate should be observed and respected.

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED
47 victims have been linked to their families.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE
The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

REFRAIN FROM SPECULATION
The public is advised that official investigations into the incident are being undertaken by SAPS, Department of Labour, Department of Infrastructure as well as an independent structural engineering firm appointed by the Western Cape Government. Speculation and possible causes by unofficial “experts” could impact negatively on the official investigation. The public is requested to refrain from spreading malicious rumours and/or fake news.

MINISTERIAL AND OTHER VISITS
The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, is visiting the disaster site in George today with the Premier of the Western Cape, Hon. Alan Winde. They will be accompanied by several National and Provincial Ministers.

A media briefing is set for 13:00 in front of the foyer of the George Town Hall.

DONATIONS FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT THE GEORGE BUILDING COLLAPSE SITE
Donations for the multi-disciplinary emergency personnel may be delivered to AFM (AGS) Soteria Church at 27 Victoria Street in George or contact the Gift of the Givers: Mario Ferreira (082 490 2752) and Herman Pienaar (082 829 6428) in this regard.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT
The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months. Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

The next update will be issued at 15:00 today, 16 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 09:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 16 May 2024 at 09:00

Rescue and recovery efforts on day nine (9) will carry over to day ten (10) at 14:09, following the incident at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 235 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

So far, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

BUILDING RUBBLE REMOVAL

An estimated 2 500 tons of building rubble has been removed from the incident site, with approximately 500 tons still remaining. For the purposes of the rescue operation, the site has been divided into six sections. Two of these sections have not yet been fully cleared down to the basement level and that process continues to take place.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

MINISTERIAL AND OTHER VISITS

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, is visiting the disaster site in George today with the Premier of the Western Cape, Hon. Alan Winde. They will be accompanied by several National and Provincial Ministers.

A media briefing is set for 13:00 in front of the foyer of the George Town Hall.

DONATIONS FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT THE GEORGE BUILDING COLLAPSE SITE

The George Municipality would like to provide details of how the public can support the multi-disciplinary emergency personnel with donations of drinking water, energy drinks, wine gums, or food for emergency services while they are on-site.

Donations may be delivered to AFM (AGS) Soteria Church at 27 Victoria Street in George or contact the Gift of the Givers: Mario Ferreira (082 490 2752) and Herman Pienaar (082 829 6428) in this regard.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months.

Psychosocial support for all rescue and non-rescue personnel will be addressed.

The next update will be issued at 12:00 midday today, 16 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 06:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 16 May 2024 at 06:00

Efforts for rescue and recovery on day nine (9) will carry over to day ten (10) at 14:09, following the incident at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 232 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:

  • Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
  • Rescued and recovered: 62
  • Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
  • Currently hospitalised: 12
  • Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED
Up to now, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE
The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

DONATIONS FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT THE GEORGE BUILDING COLLAPSE SITE
The George Municipality would like to provide details of how the public can support the multi-disciplinary emergency personnel with donations of drinking water, energy drinks, wine gums, or food for emergency services while they are on-site.

Donations may be delivered to AFM (AGS) Soteria Church at 27 Victoria Street in George or contact the Gift of the Givers: Mario Ferreira (082 490 2752) and Herman Pienaar (082 829 6428) in this regard.

MINISTERIAL AND OTHER VISITS
The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, is visiting the disaster site in George today with the Premier of the Western Cape, Hon. Alan Winde. They will be accompanied by several National and Provincial Ministers. A media briefing is set for 13:00 in front of the George Municipality Civic Hall.

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT
The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months.

The next update will be issued at 9:00am this morning, 16 May 2024.

 

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

 

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 21:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 15 May 2024 at 21:00

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 15 May 2024 at 21:00

Rescue and recovery efforts are continuing into day nine (9) following the incident at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 223 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

Up to now, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

DONATIONS TO FAMILIES

Today, several organisations, such as the Gift of the Givers, Makro, Lions Club, and Food Socks (feature image) and the Ghanian Community Association in George, provided food hampers and other items to families who are related to the workers who were present at the Victoria Street building collapse in George. The Multi-Agency Command Centre expresses its heartfelt gratitude and thank you to all these organisations for their generous acts of kindness.

DONATIONS FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT THE GEORGE BUILDING COLLAPSE SITE

The George Municipality would like to provide details of how the public can support the multi-disciplinary emergency personnel with donations of drinking water, energy drinks, wine gums, or food for emergency services while they are on-site.

Donations may be delivered to AFM (AGS) Soteria Church at 27 Victoria Street in George or contact the Gift of the Givers: Mario Ferreira (082 490 2752) and Herman Pienaar (082 829 6428) in this regard.

MINISTERIAL AND OTHER VISITS

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, will be visiting the disaster site in George, accompanied by a delegation of National Ministers, on Thursday, 16 May 2024 (tomorrow).

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6-months.

The next update will be issued at 6:00am tomorrow morning, 16 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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MEDIA STATEMENT: 18:00 Update on Building Collapse Site in George, Western Cape – South Africa, 15 May 2024 at 18:00

Several organisations provided food hampers and other items to families

Issued by the Garden Route District JOC/George Municipality, 15 May 2024 at 18:00

Rescue and recovery efforts have reached day nine (9) following the incident at 75 Victoria Street. Rescue workers and other role-players have been on site of the collapsed building for 220 hours.

The confirmed statistics for the incident are:
* Total estimated individuals on-site when the incident occurred: 81
* Rescued and recovered: 62
* Of which deceased: 33 (27 males, 6 females)
* Currently hospitalised: 12
* Unaccounted for: 19

FAMILIES LINKED TO SURVIVORS AND DECEASED

Up to now, 47 victims have been linked to their families.

STRICT VERIFICATION IN PLACE

The Garden Route District Joint Operations Centre’s adherence to a stringent double verification protocol is crucial for maintaining the integrity and accuracy of reported numbers of the deceased, which is essential in emergency and disaster response scenarios. This verification process involves cross-referencing information from multiple reliable sources, such as recovery teams, hospitals, and forensic services.

DONATIONS TO FAMILIES

Today, several organisations, such as the Gift of the Givers, Makro, Lions Club, and Food Socks (feature image) and the Ghanian Community Association in George, provided food hampers and other items to families who are related to the workers who were present at the Victoria Street building collapse in George. The Multi-Agency Command Centre expresses its heartfelt gratitude and thank you to all these organisations for their generous acts of kindness.

DONATIONS FOR EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT THE GEORGE BUILDING COLLAPSE SITE

The George Municipality would like to provide details of how the public can support the multi-disciplinary emergency personnel with donations of drinking water, energy drinks, wine gums, or food for emergency services while they are on-site.

Donations may be delivered to AFM (AGS) Soteria Church at 27 Victoria Street in George or contact the Gift of the Givers: Mario Ferreira (082 490 2752) and Herman Pienaar (082 829 6428) in this regard.

MINISTERIAL AND OTHER VISITS

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Hon. Cyril Ramaphosa, will be visiting the disaster site in George, accompanied by a delegation of National Ministers, on Thursday, 16 May 2024 (tomorrow).

POST-INCIDENT SUPPORT

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has indicated that a comprehensive range of services will continue to be made available to the affected families for a minimum of 6 months.

The next update will be issued at 21:00 this evening, 15 May 2024.

Photograph: Garden Route District Municipality

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The Ghanian Community Association in George also generously donated various items to the families who are linked to victims of the Victoria Street building collapse. Fltr: Addai Evelyn, Linda Dotefe, Florence Afful, Benjamin Afedo, Josephine Fosuaa, Grace Sarfoa, Jacklin Bimpe, Henry Arhin, Esther Mayi, Owusu Amoah and Evans Asirifi.