Mayor unveils Sculpture in commemoration of June 2017 Fires

In commemoration of the devastating June 2017  Knysna fires, Executive Mayor, Mark Willemse  unveiled a Sculpture  in front of the Knysna Municipality Finance Building, Queen Street, Knysna earlier today.

The elegant and stately unveiling and commemoration was aimed at honouring and paying tribute towards those that lost their lives, homes, possessions and all those who offered their assistance during and after the devastating fires that raged through Greater Knysna.

During his address Willemse said, “It is with a heavy heart that I join you on this very solemn occasion. Today the entire Greater Knysna and the Garden Route grieves with every family of those who lost their lives through the horrific fires of 7 June.

“Though we can never erase their pain, or bring back those they lost. We can honour them by pledging our resolve to do whatever we must to keep our people safe from the scourge of bush fires.

“Today we are here to unveil a commemoration statue. A statue that will remain to remind us all of what we endured and what we overcame. Memorials help to heal wounds inflicted upon people. And also to induce individuals to reflect on what they are capable in times of need,” said Willemse.

The mayor assisted by councillors, Working on Fire team, Knysna Municipal Fire, Law Enforcement, Traffic Departments unveiled the Sculpture.

The Statue which is a local design was kindly supplied by a collaboration of Rodney Nel Management services, Mosaic Village and Outdoor Market and Glass roots. A unique statue depicting the Knysna Fires 2017 and the rebuilding of Knysna.


From left: Deputy Mayor, Elrick Van Aswegen; Executive Mayor, Mark Willemse; Speaker Georlene Wolmarans; Councillor Mertle Gombo; Councillor Victor Molosi; Councillor Aubrey Tsengwa and Councillor Peter Myers stand around the Sculpture unveiled at the ceremony on Thursday, 7 June.



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