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westerncape thumb medium80 80Netwerk24 reports that at least 2,500 people are estimated to be without work as a result of the recent devastating fires in Knysna.  

The unemployed are for instance people whose business enterprises burnt down or those who worked in restaurants which were damaged.  Companies that provide garden, accounting, repair and suchlike services are also suffering.  According to Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC for Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism, both direct and indirect job opportunities have been affected.  He has already held discussions with business leaders in Knysna about the matter.  He said:  I am serious that work opportunities must stay in Knysna.  I am worried.  There are other companies from outside the area that can now take over the work on offer.”  He also pointed out that the disaster offers opportunities for local companies to do repair work.  Winde will be meeting on Monday with members of his department to consider the present joblessness, with specific attention to help that can be given where there is a shortage of experience and skills. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)

  • Read this report by Eugene Gunning in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24

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