Fire-hit Masiphumelele residents treated to special Christmas day

Gift of the Givers is in Masiphumelele on Friday distributing food and gifts.

Masiphumelele residents sifting through debris following last night’s blaze that destroyed around 1,000 homes. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town organisations are stepping up to ensure that Masiphumelele residents have a merry Christmas after they lost their homes in a fire.

More than 1,000 homes were destroyed in the blaze and about 6,000 people lost everything in last week's fire.

Gift of the Givers is in Masiphumelele on Friday distributing food and gifts.

The organisation's Ali Sablay: "We're currently providing them with a daily meal, water and for the young ones, we'll make the day special for them. As you know, for some of them it was a disaster before a disaster, COVID-19 has hit, so just to give them a special day this festive season, we're going all out."

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