The Western Cape Province tackled massive wild fires in the Knysna area after overcoming rainstorms in the city, which left thousands of local residents displaced. Although the storms have subsided the wild fires continued to cause havoc with a number of homes already been burned down and over 10 000 residents being evacuated.
According to reports, the fire in Knysna was the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape. The National Disaster Centre and the SANDF worked on controlling and putting out the fire.
Brand South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said, “We send our deepest condolences to families who have lost members in the tragedy. Brand South Africa is working closely with the Gift of the Givers in providing humanitarian support in the form of food, water, shelter. Now more than ever it is important for citizens to unite and play their part by assisting in any way they can”.
“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.
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