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Fri 6 June 2014

Johannesburg, 6 June 2014 – O.R. Tambo International Airport’s annual Fire and Safety  Campaign, in partnership with the South African Police Service (SAPS) will be held at Emlotheni Section in Wattville this Saturday, 7 June 2014. This campaign forms part of the airport’s Winter Warmer programme and aims to highlight fire prevention tips and provide safety education for communities that use fire for cooking and keeping warm.

Following the success of the 2013 campaign, which was attended by more than 1000 community members, this year’s event is expected to attract about 1 250 residents from the area. The relevance of this campaign is highlighted by the fact that a few months ago about 100 shacks burnt down in the area. This time, despite the loss of homes and possessions, no lives were lost. The Fire and Safety Awareness Campaign is designed to reduce the likelihood of events of this nature occurring and O.R. Tambo International is doing its best to support communities adjacent to the airport in meaningful ways. In addition to blankets and water bottles being provided to ensure that residents keep warm this winter, the Emlotheni community will also be provided with lifesaving Fire Extinguisher Training. In addition O.R. Tambo International Airport staff members will run a soup kitchen on the day.

Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, Manager: Communications and Brand Management at O.R Tambo International said the airport remains committed to empowering its surrounding communities, which are susceptible to fires, with lifesaving information and preventative equipment. “The Fire and Safety Campaign is one of the ways through which we make a difference in the lives of those who are vulnerable to the risks posed by fire.  We hope this training and awareness campaign will prevent fires and save lives in the Emlotheni Section and immediate areas,” she said

"Winter brings fire hazards, especially in informal settlements. Teaching fire safety will enhance the knowledge within the community of Emlotheni. Sources of heat such as paraffin and gas stoves, heaters and braziers, if unattended, can result in fires that could cause death or the destruction of property within the communities,” added Clive Naidoo, O.R. Tambo International Airport Fire and Safety Manager.

The Fire and Safety Campaign is scheduled to start at 08h00.

For more information, please contact:
Unathi Batyashe-Fillis
Manager: Communications and Brand Management
O.R. Tambo International Airport
Direct: +27 (0) 11 921 6087
Cell: +27 (0) 79 882 7307

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