Help at hand for fire vic­tims

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The hun­dreds of East Lon­don res­i­dents who were dis­placed when a fire de­stroyed more than 100 shacks in Dun­can Vil­lage had some­thing to smile about on Thurs­day.

Buf­falo City Metro and DA of­fi­cials pitched in to hand over food and cloth­ing items at the Gompo Com­mu­nity Hall.

When the Daily Dis­patch vis­ited the area which had been rav­aged by fire on Oc­to­ber 30, res­i­dents were busy re­build­ing their shacks.

Ntombekhaya No­lawu said the dev­as­tat­ing fire had started in her shack. “My daugh­ter was cook­ing and left the stove on and went to fetch some­thing from a neigh­bour and for­got she was cook­ing.

“When she came back the shack was on fire and the fire had al­ready jumped to other shacks nearby.

“The fire left us with noth­ing but the clothes we were wear­ing and I see to­day that our mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the DA are here to help us,” she said.

“We are grate­ful that our sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties are as­sist­ing us in our time of need.”

In two sep­a­rate events, BCM mayor Xola Pakati and East­ern Cape DA leader Nqaba Bhanqa handed out food parcels, clothes and other equip­ment to the 300 fam­i­lies.

Pakati handed out food parcels con­tain­ing samp and beans, cook­ing oil, flour, rice, clothes and house­hold items that had been do­nated through The Help Dun­can Vil­lage Fire Vic­tims cam­paign at the Gompo Hall in Dun­can Vil­lage.

“It is im­por­tant that we pro­vide re­lief to the poor and un­em­ployed mem­bers of the pub­lic,” Pakati said.

“We have a chal­lenge with in­for­mal set­tle­ments. We have 150 in­for­mal set­tle­ments and we can’t solve this overnight.

“We have an in­flux of peo­ple mov­ing into the city look­ing for em­ploy­ment and they need to find space for ac­com­mo­da­tion wher­ever pos­si­ble we need to pro­vide ser­vices for those peo­ple,” Pakati said.

Pic­ture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

GIFT OF LOVE: Buf­falo City Mayor Xola Pakati and East­ern Cape DA leader Nqaba Bhanqa handed out food parcels, clothes and other equip­ment to the 300 Dun­can Vil­lage fam­i­lies who fell vic­tim to a fire that de­stroyed all their be­long­ings.

Pic­ture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

KIND GES­TURE: DA’s Nqaba Bhanga, right, do­nated food parcels and goods to vic­tims of the re­cent Dun­can Vil­lage shack fires, among them Ntombekhaya No­lawu.

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