Residents open hearts to destitute neighbours

WYNBERG RESIDENTS opened their hearts and purses for families left destitute after a fire on October 8 in Ebor Road.

The fire was started when a child accidentally brought a flame close to an open gas bottle. Fortunately there were no injuries, but the residents lost most of their possessions. The building has been unsafe for a while and has apparently been earmarked for demolition.

Collage of fire and devastation

Especially the Musambi family – parents Rebecca and Riphim and kids Rita (11), Owen (5) and Chris (3) had nowhere to go after they lost all their possessions in the fire, including all their cash.

Pic of the family

Residents donated money, toys, clothes, blankets, food and other items.


Resident Evariste Umba and WRRA exco member Kate Cluer took charge, finding them a place to stay and using the donated money to buy Rita new school clothes and shoes and the family new kitchen equipment and food. The donations were also distributed among other destitute families.

Picture of Kate and Rita in the shop

Kate and Rita

Can you help?

Most of the families affected by the fire have found places to stay, but the Musambi family is still staying at a shelter in Ebor Road. There is no sanitation, so it is a very unhealthy environment for the kids. They are looking for a place to rent – both parents work in Wynberg so they would like to remain here. They can afford R2 200 per month as well as a deposit. Please send an email to Wynberg Residents and Ratepayers Association if you are able to help.


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