Business as usual, despite the fire

2017-08-02 06:02

“ON Friday it will be business as usual,” said Intulo Lifestyle owner, Mex Dhladhla to Echo on Tuesday after a section of his business in Sweetwaters was gutted by fire at the weekend.

Taking time off from his cleaning and preparation for Friday, he said he is optimistic and determined that the incident will not set the shisanyama back.

“It would have been committing suicide to say we won’t be opening because the section we managed to save is big enough,” Dhladhla said.

It is suspected the fire was caused by a petrol bomb which Dhladhla said can be blamed on jealousy on the part of the perpetrator.

However, the businessman said it is important to reassure Intulo’s regular patrons that their safety is guaranteed, come Friday.

He said he is grateful that no one lost their life during the incident and thanks customers who offered a helping hand.

He said on the night of the fire all the extinguishers they had were used until they were spent.

“We do have security measures and measures to deal with emergencies in place - it is just that it was one of those unforeseen circumstances where we couldn’t combat the fire.

“It took the fire department a great effort­ to combat the blaze.”

Dhladhla said the incident not only affected him, but the community and employees whose income will be affected.

“We would like to say to the community as well as Intulo followers, our employees and their families that this caught us napping, we were not expecting it.”

However, he said he will not let the incident dampen his spirits because he has faith that God will grant him the strength to bounce back.

“As the management from Intulo, we know we are doing the right thing as per the mandate of the governing party it gave to business people­ - that we should create employment opportunities for our communities.”

He added Intulo contributes towards the tourism sector in Pietermaritzburg.

According to a report in The Witness, the fire destroyed a section of the shisanyama at around 1.30am on Sunday.

The SAPS are investigating a case of arson.

It is suspected the fire was caused by a petrol bomb which can be blamed on jealousy on the part of the perpetrator

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