Fire leaves

The remains of the family’s home that was gutted by a fire on Sunday 9 December.
The remains of the family’s home that was gutted by a fire on Sunday 9 December.

A family of five faces a bleak festive season after a fire recently ravaged their home.

Abie Mentoor, his wife and their three young children had to witness their home burn down in the early hours of Sunday 9 December.

The family members all made it out alive with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Nothing is left of their Westlake home, says a statement from Mentoor’s employers, the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB).

Mentoor and his wife Pam, and their children aged four, 13 and 15, lost all their belongings, the statement says.

According to CTSB, Mentoor works as a junior production assistant at the society, assisting the blind weavers with the manufacturing of their beautiful hand-woven cane products. “He is extremely helpful and patient and does his utmost to support our blind weavers where and when he can. We, at Cape Town Society for the Blind are now coming together and appealing for help in whichever way you can,” the statement reads.

The society says an option is to construct a temporary wendyhouse on the premises where the family can live while working on rebuilding their house.

Alternatively, the one section on the side of the house needs a roof, doors and windows, to give shelter while the process to rebuild is underway.

“We are appealing to you or people you might know, to assist us in finding a sponsor/s to assist us with this huge project in showing kindness to a young devastated family. Please take some time out of your day to see how you can help.

“We need everything from building materials, food, clothing, financing, but also labour assistance and expertise, including electricians, plumbers, builders etc,” the CTSB’s statement reads.

V For more information or to assist, contact Nicky Jacobs of CTSB on 021 448 4302 or at After Friday 14 December, the drop-off point is at 10 William Street, Woodstock, or call Charlene van Niekerk on 083 310 0090.

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