As the fires in Cape Town continue to burn for the fourth day, Cape Talk has set up a Fire Relief Fund. Fire fighters are currently fighting 15 fires raging across Cape Town’s Peninsula.

Residents say that these fires are worse than the devastating fires of 2000. So far over 4000 hectares have been burnt, 13 houses destroyed and many people have been left traumatised and displaced as hundreds of homes in Noordhoek, Tokai, Hout Bay and Constantia have been evacuated.

 

Helicopter bombing the fires in Cape Town. Photo: Karen Larsen

Helicopter bombing the fires in Cape Town. Photo: Karen Larsen

Donations can be deposited into
Account: Cape Talk A Division of Primedia
Bank: First National Bank
Type of account: Corporate Account
Account number: 6216 5431 736
Branch Code: 256005
Reference to use: Fire Relief Fund

 

Cape Talk Pedge Line

Cape Talk has set up a pledge line so they can help raise money for much needed resources and equipment. You can call it on 021 446 4837.

Over R.7 million has been pledged so far (16:37 on Wed 4 March)

 

Animals affected by the fires

Our concern is not only for the people but also for the animals affected by the fires. The SPCA has not collected many animals despite the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Wildlife Unit being on the scene. However they have made a strong appeal to members of the public not to venture onto the mountainside in search of animals.

The way you can help is by donating:

dog and cat food

animal cages.

First aid equipment (cotton wool, bandages, blankets, towels etc)

Fire protective gear – clothing, boots, gloves

Blankets

Towels

Large Water bowls

Cash donations can be made here: http://www.spca-ct.co.za/start.asp

Drop off points:

Our Premises in Grassy Park (Cnr 1st ave and First road)
Pick n Pay Constantia
Tokai Public library

 

Snakes

Snakes being much swifter at being able to escape the flames and more snakes may be seen in the gardens in affected areas. For local snake handlers to call on should you have a snake on your property phone:
Justin Tracey – 074 6435 499

Stephen Moll 071 970 3867

Vard (Constantia area) 082 539 4452.

All are part of a reputable organisation and registered.