#KnysnaFire: Urgent call for support of victims

2017-06-08 15:40 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town - The Garden route and its residents are in a state of turmoil due to the affects of raging fires over the 36 hours. 

There is a nation wide plea to provide aid. The damage done to Garden Route is being labelled a disaster zone in South Africa, leaving many homeless and shaken and reports that five people have died in the fire - including a 3-year-old. Another five people have also lost their lives in the storm that has impacted both the Western and Eastern Cape. See News24's report here.

Humanitarian Plea

It has been reported that this is the worst destructive fire to hit the Western Cape. Efforts to control of the fire are being handled by the National Disaster Centre and  the South African National Defense Force.  

The fire has caused chaos over the town as  10 000 residents have been evacuated and rushed to safety. 

Brand South Africa is working closely with the Gift of the Givers in providing humanitarian support in the form of food, water, shelter, with its CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says, “We send our deepest condolences to families who have lost members in the tragedy". 

"Now more than ever it is important for citizens to unite and play their part by assisting in any way they can."

LIVE : #KnysnaFire claims life of a 3-year-old 

Let us Unite to provide aid to our fellow South Africans 

“The first delivery of bottled water destined for Cape Town is now re-routed to Knysna and is a few hours away from the town. Contributions in cash and kind for the Western Cape areas will be accepted”, said Mr Sooliman from Gift of the Givers.

UPDATE : Road closures, water shortage, power outage due to #KnysnaFire 

How to help :  

Cash contributions can be made into the Gift of the Givers account:

Bank: Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg,

Account number: 052137228

Branch Code: 057525.

Please send deposit slip to sooliman@giftofthegivers.org. A section 18A tax certificates will be issued on request.

For more details call toll-free on 0800786911.

South Africans are coming together to help the victims of the #KnysnaFire 

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