Volunteer JHB firefighters made 'huge difference' helping with #KnysnaFires

More than 75 volunteer firefighters from Johannesburg responded to the call for help with fire relief efforts in Knysna, it has emerged.

The Joburg firefighters made a huge difference, we were assigned the second most affected area in Knysna.

Diedrick Stopforth, Knysna Volunteer

We brought everyone home safe.. we saved lives, some assets and people's houses. We evacuated over 150 people.

Diedrick Stopforth, Knysna Volunteer

Two weeks ago, Diedrick Stopforth appealed to volunteers through Radio 702 and he says dozens of firefighters availed themselves to assist.

Read: Calling 100 Firefighters for all expenses paid flight to help with #KnysnaFire

Stopforth says a data base of at least 250 firefighters from across the country has been created.

He thanked local airline Kulula for sponsoring 100 flight tickets to fly the volunteers to the affected area, SkyNet and other corporate donations.

Take a listen:


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
10 business tips to boost you through a tough economy

10 business tips to boost you through a tough economy

Business growth specialist, Pavlo Phitidi tracks down previously profiled businesses and advises them on their next level growth.

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

President Zuma went 'off script' on Friday when he castigated his detractors saying many denied being on the 101 stalwarts list.

Knysna Tourism implores visitors to attend Oyster Fest after devastating fires

Knysna Tourism implores visitors to attend Oyster Fest after devastating fires

The Knysna Tourism Board is ready to accommodate Oyster festival visitors and recover from the fires that caused 2 500 job losses.

#KnysnaFire: Expert warns of fires being rekindled

#KnysnaFire: Expert warns of fires being rekindled

CapeTalks Kieno Kammies speaks to pyrotechnician, Dr Kelvin Kemm about the technicalities of wildfires and what causes them.

Citizens involvement on the ground would reduce damage - expert #KnysnaFire

Citizens involvement on the ground would reduce damage - expert #KnysnaFire

Western Cape Disaster Management's Davin Chown's provides insights on how firefighting could be aided by community involvement.

Johnston family mourns the death of Tony and Madre #KnysnaFire

Johnston family mourns the death of Tony and Madre #KnysnaFire

Tony and Madre Johnston and their three-year old son Michael died in the raging forest fires that engulfed Knysna.

Popular articles
Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Ndlozi explains the significance of the the first chapter of his thesis: 'Trauma in the archives'.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says penile curvature is only a concern if it impedes a man's ability to have penetrative sex.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?