City of uMhlathuze open for business, despite ongoing Richards Bay blaze

Despite the ongoing Richards Bay fire, the city of uMhlathuze is open for business.

DURBAN- The City of uMhlathuze stated that business had to go on despite the Richards Bay woodchip mill fire still being put out.

With ports of entry like a harbor and an airport, the coastal city serves as one of the province’s economic hubs. The region is also home to thousands of trucks.

uMhlathuze declared that it was open for business despite the ongoing fire, which broke out on Saturday.


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The City of uMhlathuze receives daily truck traffic from other provinces and nearby nations like Swaziland and Mozambique.

City manager Nkosentye Zulu emphasized that the city was still open for business despite the fire having now cost R3 billion in damage.

Richards Bay and eMpangeni are an area that is in business, and business as usual, I want to reassure the public and the nation.

He added that they still had a significant task to complete.

” Despite the fact that we are focused on preventing the disaster from happening ,”

On Thursday, firefighters are anticipated to keep putting out the fire.

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