Jika Joe community grateful for support

2014-09-11 00:00

THE Jika Joe community is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from Pietermaritzburg residents and organisations following two recent fires at the informal settlement.

Individuals, charities, churches, schools and tourists have all made donations to assist those left destitute by the fires. And community leaders say they are grateful to all who responded to the tragedy.

Many of those affected have been placed in tents in the sports ground next to the settlement. They have also been supplied with portable toilets.

“We are very grateful to all those who responded and donated. I do not have the value of the products that have been donated, but it is a lot. It includes clothing, blankets and food. We are still short of cooking implements like pots, but the people of Pietermaritzburg have responded positively to the plight of the people of Jika Joe,” said community leader Thembinkosi Magagula.

Resident Saulos Kalando said they had received clothes and food, and the Msunduzi Municipality had promised to move them from the tents to temporary homes being constructed nearby in the next three months.

“A Muslim charity organisation brought food and they also brought some clothing that we will be given later.”

He said the municipality had also been delivering food and other donated items every two days.

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