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Masiphumelele Fire Fund

Masiphumelele Fire Fund

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 The devastating fire has once again affected Masiphumelele. Sunday mornings fire is one of the largest that has affected the community in recent years, with over 1,000 structures destroyed and 4,500 people left homeless. Many of them have lost everything they own.

At such times of tragedy many of us want to help those affected, but are not sure of exactly how to get involved. We would therefore like to offer the following guidance.

The initial need is for emergency provisions, and this is being coordinated by Living Hope, whose headquarters on Kommetjie Road are the initial drop off point for donations. Please drop off at the security gate and all donations will be passed onto Disaster Management for distribution to those affected. The current needs are for clothing of all genders, sizes, ages (babies included). Please sort and label into girls/boys packages. Due to the large scale of the fire there is also a need for large boxes, packets and black bags for sorting. If you could spare a few hours of time to help sort and package donated items this would also be hugely appreciated.

Food items, including dried foods, baby formula and fruit are also important. Donation trolleys will also be in place in Pick n Pay stores in Long Beach, Tokai, Fish Hoek, and Constantia. Another need is for hygiene products (soap, facecloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant), buckets or hand washing basins, this will allow those affected to be able to wash.

In the days to come the City’s disaster risk management services will be helping the affected residents to rebuild their homes. Many families will require household items including furniture, clothes and linen. All gifts in kind can also be dropped off at Living Hope where they can be stored until the affected families are ready to receive them.

In the longer term we are concerned about the recipients of Masicorp’s educational projects and their families who may have lost possessions in the fire. Learners will have lost school uniforms and tracksuits, and university students that have returned home after an already difficult end to the academic term may have lost textbooks, laptops and other essential learning equipment. We are establishing a Fire Fund to help replace as much as we can for those affected in the hope that they can rebuild their lives as swiftly as possible.

Please consider making a contribution towards ensuring these children continue with their education.


  • Dec 22, 2015 - R 1 025.00
  • "Best wishes from afar, from Switzerland" - Doris Witter

  • Dec 10, 2015 - R 524.80
  • "Glad to help" - Peter Briggs

  • Dec 09, 2015 - R 512.50
  • "Hope this helps a little" - Anonymous

  • Dec 08, 2015 - R 1 250.50
  • "The extended Wills family christmas donation" - The extended Wills Family

  • Dec 07, 2015 - R 2 010.00
  • "We are making this donation to the disaster fund in the hope that it will assist in rehabilitating those who have suffered loss in the recent fire. " - Advocates Suite 901, Cape Town

  • Dec 06, 2015 - R 512.50
  • "thanks masicorp" - Guy

  • Dec 06, 2015 - R 307.50
  • "Thanks for organising this" - Kate

  • Dec 04, 2015 - R 512.50
  • "Residents of Masiphumelele deserve houses!" - Leila

  • Dec 03, 2015 - R 210.00
  • "Thanks for organising this" - Judith Briggs

  • Dec 02, 2015 - R 205.00
  • "Thank you for doing this. God bless" - Thaabiet

  • Dec 02, 2015 - USD $ 14.61
  • "thanks for setting up this fund, will spread the word" - Sarah Jones

  • Dec 02, 2015 - R 512.50
  • "Thank you for setting this up" - anonymous

  • Dec 02, 2015 - R 510.00
  • "With Love" - Anonymous

  • Dec 02, 2015 - USD $ 14.61
  • "All the best." - Lunda

  • Dec 01, 2015 - R 1 025.00
  • "We know you will get it into the right hands" - Clare & Rory Wilson

  • Dec 01, 2015 - USD $ 73.22
  • "Sad and sorry to hear about the fire, but hope this small donation helps. Best wishes from London" - Sam Lakha

  • Dec 01, 2015 - R 1 000.00
  • "god bless" - Dovi

  • Dec 01, 2015 - R 2 010.00
  • "Best wishes" - Louis de Waal

  • Dec 01, 2015 - R 1 000.00
  • "thanks" - Pat Brennan

  • Dec 01, 2015 - R 2 562.50
  • "thank you for what you are doing" - kate o'regan

  • Dec 01, 2015 - R 510.00
  • "With our love to all our friends in Masiphumelele!" - Loxodonta

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Donations to date

R 17 677.16

Fundraising target

R 20 000.00

Masiphumelele Corporation

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Masicorp works for the people of the Masiphumelele township, which is home to a community of more than 38,000 people disadvantaged by the historical legacy of apartheid and poverty. Our approach has been to ask the community where and how they need support and, from this, we know the residents want a hand up not a handout.