Fire eats up Anele’s ‘Private Zoo

2015-06-11 06:01
Three bungalows were destroyed by fire, on Monday morning, in Langa.                            

Mbongiseni Maseko

Three bungalows were destroyed by fire, on Monday morning, in Langa. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A fire that ravaged three bungalows in Langa on Monday morning has left a photographer-cum-artist low-spirited.

Anele Ngoqo of No 61 Moshesh Street said the mysterious fire has left him “hopeless”

In that fire Ngoqo lost all his valuable works and equipment worth hundreds of rands.

“I had photographs which told the story of Langa because I was working on a documentary about this area. Some of the pictures were taken in 1980,” said a forlorn looking Ngoqo.

His art work which was to be included in a documentary titled “My Private Zoo” were also eaten by the fire.

“I have to start afresh. I have lost all my hard work. Now I understand that fire can destroy everything. My art meant a lot to me,” he said.

House owner Nomahushe “Kay U” Jwambi said they are asking themselves endless questions regarding the cause of the fire.

“We don’t know what started the fire but it really caused a lot of damage,” she sad.

Jwambi said the fire fighters came after two hours and by that time the fire was already contained.

)Meanwhile the Household Energy Safety Association of South Africa (HESASA) has launched a “BeSafe@Home” campaign as part of wider home fire prevention campaigns being rolled out across the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces.

HESASA chief executive officer Patrick Kulati said more than 1,5 million South Africans are victims of household fires and other energy-related accidents every year.

Thousands of people, many of them children, die unimaginably painful, horrific deaths, and many are left with lifelong disabilities and disfigurements.

“Apart from the trauma, there are many other consequences-loss of property and personal belongings, debts incurred to replace lost property, absenteeism from work and school, and time and money spent to replace loss of crucial documents (ID, birth certificates, etc).

“In very poor communities like Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, these issues often result in already poor households spiralling further into poverty and despair,” he explained. He said they will be visiting fire prone communities as part of the drive

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