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 The group’s banking details can also be found on their website.

  • Fredster - 2012-05-30 12:34

    Good to see we still have heart

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 13:28

      Martin - Hang on a bit, we don't want an accident now do we.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-05-30 13:43

      My engine on my car packed up last week...Can anybody help me to please..I am in desperate and struggling please.

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 13:59

      Nice try Clifford. Yours is not a tragic event, that's every day challenges. The victim here lost his entire means of transport. Fix your engine yourself - I used to fix my engine before I could afford to take it to the professional people.

      bertie.brink - 2012-05-30 14:31

      Why cant we have more stories like these! Our country have so much love! Lets show the world how we look out for our own!

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-05-30 15:35

      nigel....Me i don't have the money to fix. And i struggling to get for work in mornings. Please also help for me...God Bless

      Rainbow - 2012-05-31 09:56

      n the same way people have offered to assist Chengetai people must reach out and assist whenever there is a shack fire. Many loose everyhting they own and your assistance can give them a hope and future. Give generously and dont look the other way with the excuse that someone else will help. Chances are you are the one who will make the diffrence. We all need to assist wherever and whenever we can and these organization like Twselopele Step-by-Step need constant donations in order to be effective and make a diffrence in peoples lives.

      Kala - 2012-05-31 10:17

      Clifford - Some people you can slap their faces with sarcasm and they don't get it. Thanks for the laugh.

      matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-31 10:20

      Wow Clifford you are a piece of work man! Oh I remember you the guy that with a single sms can rally all of the ANC members. haha

  • Mike - 2012-05-30 12:38

    Thank you for that info, now let's turn his tears into tears of joy!

  • Jason - 2012-05-30 12:38

    Please email Denise from Tswelopele. Her email is website is They will give you instructions on how to help this guy with deposits of donations and reference numbers to show that the donation is for him. Once he has been sorted out the funds will be used to help the other 8 shacks that burnt affecting 35 people. If there is any money after that it will be used for that community. Good job everyone. Its good to be a South AfriCAN!

      Steven - 2012-05-30 13:54

      Jason you are a great man for starting this up on the earlier article. This man, like thousands others, came from Zimbabwe to try better his life without resorting to crime. If you are religious, may God bless you man. Here's a bells *clink* for you.

      nightwulfe - 2012-05-30 19:39

      Yes, thanks Jason! Also donating towards the other fire victims.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-31 10:09

      Well done to you sir!

  • alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-30 12:39

    Articles like this brings elation to my heart..kudos to everybody contributing!!!!

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-05-30 12:50

    Great stuff!

  • Gavin - 2012-05-30 12:54

    let there be light :-) bravo ! there isn't enough darkness in all the world, to extinguish the light, from one candle...

  • Bernard - 2012-05-30 12:54

    WOW I'm actually crying right now... Dankie Suid Afrika, ek is so trots op julle op hierdie oomblik. Ek hoop dit is nie net n eenmallige ding nie. Kom ons help mekaar, dit is so n briljante gevoel....

      Rudie - 2012-05-30 13:00

      Sterk wees ou bull.

      bertie.brink - 2012-05-30 14:34

      Ekt ook n ou traaintjie gestoot! Ons moet minder steer an k@* in SA en meer goed doen soos die! Help mekaar en ons bou n awesome land!

  • cornel.lange - 2012-05-30 12:58

    Faith in SA restored!!!!For now...

  • jonathan.dutoit2 - 2012-05-30 12:58

    faith in humanity restored...

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-05-30 12:59

    South Africans as a whole, have beautiful hearts. We're quick to help those in need. Why can't we keep the "ubuntu" flowing in other areas of our lives. Kudos, South Africans :)

      craig.a.salter - 2012-05-30 20:22

      This is the south africa i love. A land where no matter who or what you are there will be some one to put there hand and heart out to help our fellow south africans. This is a prime example of ubuntu and how south africa can join hands

  • aspruyt - 2012-05-30 12:59

    Thanks for the info. Nice to see people care.

  • Rachel - 2012-05-30 13:04

    This is great :)

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-30 13:10

    Good gesture.....

  • Costa - 2012-05-30 13:20

    As a Nation we need to reach out to the entire community affected by fires,floods or any disaster. The government is not going to help...

  • Lana - 2012-05-30 13:29

    Let's forget about the stupid Goodman Gallery and focus on stuff like this, that's nation building!

  • Nigel - 2012-05-30 13:32

    A few of us have challenged the racist trolls to put their money where their mouth is. I would like to know why these posts are being deleted.

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-05-30 13:37

      i was gonna ask the same question!!! WT...

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-05-30 16:01

      posts DELETED again!!! and clearly the trolls don't like what we have to say LOL

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 16:49

      Doesn't matter - the main point is that people know what they're made of and what they stand for - evil hatred. Hey come on Trolls - do something good - show us that you're more than gutless racist gadgets.

  • Gaeleen - 2012-05-30 13:34

    every day tragedy strikes so good to be able to help where you can - better even to do it anon

  • Fran - 2012-05-30 13:35

    News24 please that bold spelling is wrong, eish, don't you proof read your articles before you post them? Ntle!

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 13:40

      Fran - that is so unimportant. Are you going to donate anything? That's important.

  • dani.marais - 2012-05-30 13:40

    Next thing someone's going to notice that he's got a Zimbabwean name and we'll have a whole new protest on our hands... you know, because zenophobia isn't racism until Helen Zille uses the word.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-30 13:40

    I am go glad to see that people still have hearts after all we have had to endure with this rubbish piece of zuma painting. We are a rainbow nation and nobody can take us away from that no matter how they try.

  • Bridget - 2012-05-30 13:45

    Will also donate. Would love to see a photo of him with his new bike when he gets it! Please post a pic News24!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-30 13:46

    It's great to see how some people want to help and do their best to do so :) But where are the News24 trolls (poloyatonki, sganja etc...), aren't they going to help out their brother?

  • Twentyfivemay - 2012-05-30 15:15

    My lamborghini blew a radiotor and I'm booked to drag race tomorrow @ kyalami, pls help

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-30 15:45

    That is the spirit of Masakhane , boumekaar SA style.It is the kind of stuff that makes you stay incase you were thinking of leaving the country . Thank you beautiful people

  • alan.heydenrych - 2012-05-30 16:48

    There are far more tragic causes for people to donate to. What makes Chengetai's case worthy? He doesn't even have a licence

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-30 17:02

    Great. This brotherhood was always there. Still is an always will be. It is only when we allow ourselves to be herded into different camps, that the love starts to fade. Natural friends, artificial foes.

  • madmom1 - 2012-05-30 20:04

    Is any one offering to help the people of the other nine shacks who lost everything in the fire?

  • FIXIT105 - 2012-05-30 22:37

    oh please... shame u lost a bike... so did i . ask zuma to replace it u stupid idoit. guess what he wont... he didnt replace mine. and any of u fools that feel sorry for this clown well go give your hard earned money for nothing.. u will just be funding another squatter camp

      konrad.rontgen - 2012-05-31 07:30

      fixit,its clear you are a bitter man,and that life bowled you a curve ball in the past. This man didnt ask for help,so why call him a idiot,or is it because you call all people in need,idiots. If i or who ever want to help this man , its got f..... To do with you. So i suggest you rethink your comment and keep your ugly comments for yourself.

      Keith - 2012-05-31 08:32

      There is an evil lady named Karma, wait she is coming and it will hurt. What a dumb ignorant stupid comment something Polyoidonkey would right

  • Vincent - 2012-05-31 03:16

    Case of a beer bottle and an injured kid sent for it. Wtf? What about those who lost their shacks? Was their shacks and shack-holds worth any less? God forbid!

  • chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-05-31 05:46

    I have a broken back, struggling to get my spine fused, the debt collectors are breaking down my doors because my company is taking strain as a result of me not being to put out the high levels of performance I did before my back operation so I was booked off from work for 12 weeks to recover and started working and presenting training workshops and classes within the first week of having my back op. My back is getting worse by the day because who can take off from work for 12 weeks if you have to write your own salary? So as a result I'm starting to feel paralysis creeping in. I can barely walk properly anymore without falling over, losing balance and having the most excruciating pain. I hardly see my kids because by the time I get home, they're asleep so they go to bed without food, I was diagnosed with cancer. I have Tempomandibular Joint Syndrome, I suffer from the most insane migraines. I work until the time of this post in order to make ends meet so I feel chronic fatige. My dad cheated on my mom. She lost her job, her car, the house, I've blown 3 audi tyres on potholes in the past few weeks, its R1300 a tyre but hey I guess I could have had it worse.. I could have had a burnt bike!!!

      Jason - 2012-05-31 07:53

      Im not sure whether that was an attempt at humor or whether the little green dragon of jealousy has raised its ugly head! There are many people worse off than this guy we are all helping, but he just happened to be the lucky one that was in an article that touched us all! Really not sure how to take your comment!

      Keith - 2012-05-31 08:30

      Hey at least you got an Audi and your own business. Nice try but we ain't biting!

      ciskavn - 2012-05-31 09:54

      having a tough time aren't you? place your hand over your heart...feel that? Thats called purpose. You're alive for a reason. please stop complaining. what have you actually done to make a difference? this isn't about you, not everything in the word is about you. No person is that important.

  • kgaoza - 2012-05-31 10:15

    Thanks Jason and everybody that helped this dude, i just saw the bike on sowetanlive and they did not mention everybody that helped this dude but blessings are on the way for you guys, you will always prosper in all you do. guys nobody has to know this is how god works in your lifes, its better than giving 1 000 000 to a celebrity church

  • pages:
  • 1