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The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is coordinating a safety exercise in Epping Industria tomorrow, 11 May 2016, simulating an explosion whereby gas is leaked to the surrounding area. The exercise will also test the preparedness of the surrounding companies to deal with a hazardous explosion.

Members of the media are welcome to observe the simulation from the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre in Goodwood (corner of Frans Conradie Drive and Hugo Street).

The exercise is being done in collaboration with various other agencies including the City’s Fire and Rescue Service, Traffic Services, Law Enforcement, Metro Police, the 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre and City Health’s Air Quality Management Unit. The following companies will also participate in the exercise: Glaxo Smith Kline, Fine Chemicals, Afrox, Epping Market and Pioneer Foods.The scenario will run from 10:00 – 14:00 and will involve a truck that’s tanker is leaking, resulting in an explosion. The simulation will take place on Gunners Circle, with the truck entering Afrox on the corner of Gunners Circle and Jellicoe Avenue.

Depending of the wind direction, the exercise will affect other role players who will have to either shelter or evacuate their staff. This will also have an effect on Thornton residents, the Cape Town Market, the informal fruit and veg market, the Langa Station and the Langa Informal market, etc. Wind direction will play a part, moving the ‘gas leakage’ towards the residential area.

A number of roads will be closed for the duration of the exercise, as outlined below. Residents and businesses are advised to please take note of these closures:

Staging area (south-easterly wind):
Between Gunners Circle and the railway line
Grenville and Jellicoe Avenue
Jan Smuts Drive

Staging area (north-westerly wind):
Moody Avenue in front of Impressions
Epping Market side
Simulated road closure on the N7

The City of Cape Town apologises for any inconvenience caused and appeals to the public to please comply with any requests from emergency services staff on the day. Preparedness exercises like this are an important part of ensuring that the City is able to deal with disaster situations, in line with our commitment to creating a safe city.

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