IMATU would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the fire fighters involved in fighting the fires raging in the Southern Cape.

One blaze started in the Outeniqua mountains last week, moving towards George, while a separate fire broke out closer to Knynsa, where eight people tragically lost their lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives and our brave fire fighters who risk their lives on daily basis to protect and rescue.

IMATU commends the efforts of the emergency services and hopes that these fires will be brought under control soon.