Bleak start to year

Melaine Louw, a single mother and only breadwinner for her two children and two grandchildren, stands in front of the debris that was piled up following a fire that burnt down her house in Factreton.
Melaine Louw, a single mother and only breadwinner for her two children and two grandchildren, stands in front of the debris that was piled up following a fire that burnt down her house in Factreton.

A single mother of two is pleading for help after a fire burnt down her home, which she shares with her children and two grandchildren, last week.

Though the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage she suspects it was caused by a short circuit in the house. No-one was injured in the fire but nothing could be saved out of the house.

Melaine Louw (50) from Factreton says she was at work when the fire started. She received a call to come home because her house was burning.

Louw is glad that all her children and grandchildren are safe, but she says this is a bad start to a new year.

“I’m the only breadwinner for my children and grandchildren. I’m very frustrated and traumatised about what happened. I don’t even know how I will deal with this. We are really struggling to make ends meet; now it’s even worse without a roof over our heads. We really need help,” says Louw.

Since the fire they have been sleeping at friends’ places. She is especially worried about her five-month-old grandchild who is epileptic.

“My friend has been so helpful. We go there for food and a place to sleep. She can’t help us all; my children have to sleep at their friends. It would be nice if we could get help and go back home. We have been trying to clean up, but a lot still needs to be done,” she says.

After hearing about the fire, Ricardo van Niekerk, the founder and chairperson of Factreton Development Community, has been trying to help the family.

“This is something devastating to happen to anyone; and the mother is a single parent. After the incident she has been very frustrated and we are calling on those who can help us rebuild her home to come forward. We have helped them with clothes, bedding and toiletries but they still need ceiling boards and repainting of the house and electrical repairs,” says Van Niekerk.

V Those who want to help can contact Van Niekerk on 060 325 8698 or ricky.wkkoo28@­gmail.com.

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