CAPE TOWN FIRES | Here’s where and what to donate

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Fire fighter at Cape Town fires (Luck Daniel)
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  • Fires in Cape Town have left many in desperate and immediate need of food, water, and clothing. 
  • Various organisations such as Gift of the Givers, VWS Fires, and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA are helping affected people, and animals. They can use donations too.
  • The fires have also caused extensive damage to historic buildings in UCT and left some students without accommodation.
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Fires that spread from Table Mountain on Sunday morning have affected many people in Cape Town, including 4,000 University of Cape Town (UCT) students who have had to scramble for accommodation as the blaze forced an evacuation of the campus.

By Monday morning, the blaze had also forced some residents to evacuate their homes.

The fire has destroyed some Cape Town icons, such as Mostert's Mill, Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden, as well as UCT buildings.

The South African National Defence Force (Sandef) has put its available air resources in Cape Town on standby to assist, while charity organisations, retailers and other companies, and residents have mobilised to help people and animals in distress, alongside emergency services.

Those at the frontline have called for various types of direct and indirect donations

Here’s how you can help.

Essentials via the UCT SRC

The UCT student representative council (SRC) took to Twitter on Sunday to ask for help. Students need toiletries such soap, toothbrushes, wash cloths, and sanitary towels. They also need food, water, painkillers, plastic and paper bags, and masks. Any kind of clothes would also be appreciated as some students are still in smokey clothes.

Donations can be made at UCT's Graduate School of Business (GSB) - 9 Portswood Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, or contact them on 082 467 3029.  

Gift of the Givers

Nonprofit organisation Gift of the Givers has delivered food to around 4,000 UCT students.

Monetary donations to Gift of the Givers can be made here, or you can do an EFT to this Standard Bank account:

Branch code – 057525

Account number – 052137228

Ref: UCT Fire  

VWS Fires

Volunteer Wildfire Service, a nonprofit organisation that helps fight wildfires, also requires supplies. They need help with water, energy drinks, snackbars and eye drops for firefighters.

Donations can be dropped off at the Roeland Street Fire Station in Cape Town.   

Bank deposits or EFT payments can be made to:

Volunteer Wildfire

First National Bank

Branch code – 250655

Account number – 627 5001 6521

Cape of Good Hope SPCA

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has dispatched a disaster risk management team, stationed at the Disaster Operation Centre in Goodwood. They are monitoring the area for any injured animals, to be treated at a short-term wildlife care facility.

The SPCA, PDSA and Frits Dog Hotel have made their facilities available to assist people evacuating their animals at no charge. 

The organisation is currently in need of a trailer in order to transport emergency supplies – and they can always use cash.

Contact details:

SPCA: 021 700 4140

PDSA: Veronica Nell – 063 608 7624

Frits Dog Hotel: 021 200 4244

Pick n Pay Bottles  

Pick n Pay has also offered a helping hand. Customers can now donate supplies to firefighters from the retailer’s app called Bottles.

The delivery app allows customers to buy various items – water, snacks, energy drinks, first aid items and fruits – which will be delivered for free at any of the four included fire stations near the site of the fire.

Pick n Pay Bottles App
Pick n Pay Bottles App

Fire stations on the list are Lakeside Fire Station, Roeland Street Fire Station, Sea Point Fire Station and Constantia Fire Stations.

To donate, users can download the app, choose a location, select the items they want to buy on the ‘Help Cape Town Firefighters’ menu, select the relevant code and then write in delivery notes: ‘Donation’.

Pick n Pay Bottles App guide
Pick n Pay Bottles App guide

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