The City of Tshwane has partnered with Hollard Insurance to launch the Fire Hydrant Initiative. The launch took place on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, at the City of Tshwane Central Fire Station in Bosman Street, Pretoria. Through this initiative, 15 young people were employed to inspect and maintain over 3 500 fire hydrants across Tshwane.
The launch was attended by Ald Randall Williams (Executive Mayor of Tshwane), Mr Nash Omar (Hollard Insure Managing Director for Distribution), Cllr Daryl Johnston (MMC for Utilities and Regional Operations, Cllr Peggy de Bruin (MMC for Social Development and Community Services), Ald Grandi Theunissen (MMC for Community Safety) and members of the City's senior management.
The initiative was driven by the mounting concern of fire risk in urban centres. Recently, we have seen scores of devastating fires destroying public facilities, such as Parliament, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital and the University of Cape Town.
Hollard Insurance has committed R1,3 million towards this initiative. The money will be used for training and paying stipends and travel allowances for these employed youths who are regarded as fire hydrant heroes. These heroes expressed excitement over this project, particularly with the skills and experience they are gaining.
According to the Executive Mayor, the City has 25 000 fire hydrants, and this initiative will assist the City to properly inspect and maintain about 3 500 fire hydrants. The maintenance will include cleaning, marking hydrants with numbers and testing water pressure. Faulty hydrants will be recorded for referral to the relevant department.
In his closing remarks, the Executive Mayor indicated that functioning fire hydrants are essential for an effective response during fire incidents, as they save lives and prevent property destruction. He also thanked Hollard Insurance and their Managing Director, Nash Omar, for this great partnership.