Kya Sands volunteers call for food supply boost
Volunteers are facing challenges to feed the thousands of destitute families.
JOHANNESBURG - Volunteers at the fire-stricken Kya Sands informal settlement say while donated clothing supplies are in surplus, they are facing challenges feeding the thousands of destitute families.
After three days of donations pouring in from members of the public, relief packages are being allocated to over 2,000 affected locals on Sunday.
Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe says the variety of donations received has allowed officials to cater for a range of needs.
"We're going to divide parcels and we will have 10 to 15 items per pack so that everybody gets everything that they need."
However, calls are being made for food supplies such as samp and maize meal.
DA councillor and volunteer Anette Deppe says keeping current food supplies fresh is proving to be a challenge.
"We need more food donations, such as more food that can be cooked. So we need items such as mince and chicken that can be cooked for the families at night."
More than 800 families were left destitute when a fire ripped through the settlement on Thursday.
A smaller fire on Friday night left more families without homes, seeking aid and shelter.
Residents say the effects of this week's fires have been crippling.
Many families sought shelter at a local church where relief packages are being allocated to them.