SA reaches out to man who lost bike in fire

2012-05-30 12:27

Pretoria - Hundreds of people have come forward and pledged to help a Pretoria man who lost his motorcycle in an informal settlement fire.

Chengetai Chauke, 26, broke down on Tuesday when he realised that a fire in Woodlane informal settlement, Pretoria, had destroyed the bike.

Ten shacks, Chauke's among them, were reduced to ashes after a gas stove fell over and ignited.

"I can't believe it's gone," a stunned Chauke told Beeld newspaper, which published a photograph of the burnt-out bike.

Chauke said he had paid R3 350 for the bike, and had been working hard to fix it and get it into a roadworthy condition.

He had aimed to get his driver's licence, and possibly use the new skill as a path to employment.

Many people contacted News24 wanting to help Chauke and now they can, through Twselopele Step-by-Step.

Twselopele is a community upliftment organisation based in Pretoria. The project’s chairperson Denise J Dredge said anyone wanting to help Chauke can send donations to Twselopele.

They can be e-mailed at tswelopele@global.org.za. The group’s banking details can also be found on their website.

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