Approval has been withdrawn for all controlled burns until further notice.

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said this step was necessary in view of the pending Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

“All permit holders and farmers are, therefore, asked to take note that no prescribed controlled burns may happen and that no new permits will be issued until further notice,” he said.

“This decision is made in consideration of the 21-day lockdown period to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.”

He urged all those affected to adhere to the ban.

“Burning without a permit is punishable by a fine of R2 500 in accordance with the National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998.

He said Kouga’s Fire and Disaster Management Services would remain open during the lockdown period to respond to emergencies.

“Our fire stations are open and ready to serve our communities during this extraordinary time.”

Control burning banned