Controlled burn at school

Don’t be alarmed if you see fires coming from the German International School at the end of the month.

The school has asked the City for permission for a controlled burn to destroy invasive alien vegetation on its property in Bay View Avenue, Tamboerskloof.

Weather permitting, the school plans to burn the vegetation in the last week of the month or the first week of next month.

“Application has been made to obtain the required burning permit from both City Health’s Air Quality Management Unit and City Fire and Rescue Services,” said Sandra Farrenkothen, the school’s marketing manager.

The permit will be valid until Thursday October 15.

“The reduction and removal of the biomass by burning will assist in the re-establishment of the indigenous vegetation and ensure the success of all follow-up operations to control any alien species that regrow on the site. Lastly it will reduce the fuel load in the veld during fire season particularly in the event of wildfires, “ she said.

Residents have seven days to voice their concerns or objections. Email Mahjiedah Cornelis at or call 021 590 5200 by Friday September 25.