Notties Fire

fire Fire devastation Notties by Natasha

On the evening of 23 July, a fire swept through the Sdendeni informal settlement beside Eskom in Nottingham Road, leaving 100s of people (and a few dogs and ducks) homeless. Local resident Natasha Strong sprang into action to alleviate the hardship by asking for donations of food, clothing and household goods. “Spar were amazing, they were first to respond and set the tone for the overwhelmingly generous response from locals which followed. We had heaps and heaps to sort through.” uMgungundlovu District Council sent tents which were erected late that night by those who had lost their possessions and the next day rebuilding began. Blankets and food parcels were donated by Al-Imdaad Foundation-Estcourt and Gift of the Givers, All Saints Church lent their hall as a drop-off point, and Loxley House cooked meals for a week. School uniforms were bought for children from monetary donations. “It was terrible, we lost everything. We are very thankful for all the help and donations.” said Sdendeni resident Thokazani Dlamini. Natasha, who visited daily, adds, “by the end of the week most of the houses were re-built and everyone was trying to get back to their lives.” Nottingham Road epitomises the generosity of spirit which exists in small communities.