Donations flood in for #Knysna fire relief

2017-06-09 17:04
Water donations being received by Gift of the Givers. Over 5000 bottles has been received from Gauteng. (James de Villiers, News24)

Water donations being received by Gift of the Givers. Over 5000 bottles has been received from Gauteng. (James de Villiers, News24)

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Pretoria - Since the start of the Knysna fires, help in all forms, shapes and sizes has flooded in, from people donating clothes, blankets, bottled water, time and skills, as well as monetary donations.

The fire which has destroyed large sections of Knysna and surrounding areas, including Plettenberg Bay, has left five dead and thousands of residents displaced.

Residents from Knysna, surrounding areas and from around the country have since rallied together and have started helping those affected in several ways.

This is how some organisations and businesses have contributed:

• Gift of the Givers has supplied 32 tons of bottled water, blankets, diapers, food items and tents.

• Shoprite-Checkers offered the use of a building to store all the supplies, as well as donating supplies from various stores.  

• Massmart, through Makro and Game, have sent six truckloads of supplies including bottled water, blankets, tinned food and dry food items worth R1m. 

• Woolworths have given R500 000 to Gift of the Givers to help with the Knysna efforts, as well as donated supplies.

• Kulula airlines offered cargo space on flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg.                       


• Outsurance donated R250 000.                       

• Oxfam donated R60 000.                       

• The Australian High Commission donated R250 000.                       

• Discovery donated R375 000                   

• Mutual and Federal donated R400 000.    

• Short-term insurer Santam also donated R1m and dispatched additional field assessment resources to support its clients and business partners in the Garden Route and surrounding areas.

• DHL also opened up their 39 locations across South Africa as additional drop-off points where people can donate non-perishable foods and other emergency supplies.

• Many people opened up their homes to residents who had been left homeless because they had to be evacuated.

• The Jiwu Salon & Spa in Plettenburg have offered 30 minute massages focusing on muscles for firefighters and official fire brigade volunteers.

• FNB will be donating R10m towards relief efforts.

• ABSA donated R10m each for disaster relief as well as 5 600 tents.

Follow News24 reporter James de Villiers on Twitter for the latest updates: @pejames

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