As the fourth day of raging fires dawned in Cape Town, urgent messages went out on social media for assistance, donations and support for the courageous fire fighters who are still battling to save homes, wildlife, property and a priceless natural heritage.
The IFP immediately responded to the call with a donation of bottled water, apples and energy bars, which were taken to the Tokai Community Church drop-off point early this morning. IFP President, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, personally delivered the goods which were swiftly packed into care packages by a team of volunteers.
Met by Reverend Graham Van Veen and Reverend Luke Giles, Prince Buthelezi was apprised of the situation. "I was impressed by the efficient way everything is running, with so many volunteers. Community members are streaming in, asking how they can help and delivering everything from eye-drops to Savlon and Rescue Remedy," said Prince Buthelezi.
"Several families have lost their homes, and many have been evacuated and are awaiting news in churches like this of whether the flames have taken all their belongings. It's a dreadful situation and very painful to see such distress," he said, "But it is also deeply encouraging to see the way people are pulling together in this crisis."
On arrival, seeing the need, Prince Buthelezi also wrote a personal cheque which will contribute to the replenishment of oxygen tanks for the fire fighters. "They are doing an incredibly difficult job, and we want to thank them, support them and encourage them to keep going," said Prince Buthelezi.
The IFP thanks everyone involved in the effort to stop the blaze.
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