Thursday, July 01, 2021

Fire Displaced Residents of Montagu in dire need of Donations

 16 adults and 16 children remain displaced following the burning down of nine shacks in Mandela Square, Montagu, on Saturday evening.

Members of the community are pleading for citizens to donate food parcels to the fire victims, where they can.

According to community leader Jannie Hoffman, the cause of the fire remains unknown and the victims remain dispersed without a place to sleep, many depending on the generosity of people living in neighbouring informal settlements. An NPO called ‘Montagu Cares’, Compatriots of South Africa (CSA), aswell as Ashburg Primary School, Montagu SAPS and ACVV have contributed with food parcels, clothes and blankets for the victims

Provincial treasurer of the CSA Estelle Jansen said that the situation that the fire victims find themselves in is dire, especially because it is winter. The victims have lost most of their belongings and documentation and now they rely solely on the generosity of the public

And that the most urgent thing they need at the moment is food. people are in need of food donations, things as basic as bread, butter and milk just to survive and get by. Jansen added that The people are currently displaced and live with other people, they are urgently trying to rebuild their homes, and has appealed to any companies or organisations that are able to donate materials, poles or windows as that would make a huge difference

Treasurer of Montagu Cares, Lynda Kelsey explained that the new organisation aimed to assist the needy and vulnerable people living in Montagu, across all races and nationalities.

 

Done by Lizeka Tsotetsi

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