The house was occupied by 32 people including women & children, some as young as a few months old. The ward councilor and local City of Joburg EMS Disaster Management representatives arrived at the scene some time after & found that the victims had lost everything including clothing, money & identification.
At 1:30pm, via social media, a call was made to Yusuf Abramjee & Yaseen Theba from #OperationSA to assist with the victims immediate needs. Theba arrived to meet with victims of the fire & representatives from council & disaster management at 2pm and together they made an assessment of the immediate needs.
A collection point was set up at a clients premises in Houghton. Within two hours, Vision Tactical mobilized their clients to arrange the following:
- Toiletries & Hygiene packs.
The response was overwhelming. Clients dropped off food supplies, blankets, and everything else that was required for the immediate needs of the Berea Fire victims. Three 1 ton vehicles filled to capacity was delivered at 4:30pm to the premises and handed over to the Councillor & disaster Management to be distributed to the residence of the burnt house.
“We will keep in contact with residence and the Councillor to continue assessing the damage and needs of the victims of this devastating fire”- Yaseen Theba, Director of Vision Tactical.
“We thank the generous clients and friends who opened their hearts to assist at this time of need, this is the spirit of Ubuntu”, he added.
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