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Cape Town community: would you like to help the homeless and displaced in Hout Bay for Mandela Day?

On the 11th of March 2017 over 10 000 people lost everything in a fire that raged through the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu for almost 20 hours. Sadly, on Easter Sunday a further 700 people lost everything in another fire.

Each year, fires across Hout Bay leave many residents with little more than the clothes on their backs. Thula Thula Hout Bay was started by a group of residents who realised that there is a great need for centralised and coordinated collections and distributions to help these people.

Importantly too, residents who generously offer support and donations want to know that their contributions have been given to those in need! Those who are affected by these tragedies need the support provided to be distributed fairly and as soon as possible, and Thula Thula can be relied on to supply this. They are also running a door-to-door campaign in the townships of Hout Bay to educate residents about fire awareness and prevention.

In conjunction with the GBCSA, you can help Thula Thula Hout Bay in one or all of the following ways:

  • Non-perishable groceries (tinned foods, maize meal, rice, pasta, bottled water, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes) to be added to grocery packs can be delivered to the GBCSA offices, 2nd Floor, Old Warehouse Building, Black River Park, Observatory
  • Financial donations towards the educational programme can be deposited directly into the Thula Thula Hout Bay bank account
  • Teams of five can buy into the Mandela Day initiative to paint houses in Imizamo Yethu with fire retardant paint.  A team of five can sponsor one home for R3000 and finish the painting project within a morning
  • The fires spread so rapidly partly because there is no electricity in large swathes of these townships, so residents rely on candles and paraffin stoves which are obviously highly flammable. Our green community is in a unique position to donate lighting and cooking options that utilize alternative energy such as solar powered lighting kits. Donations of these would need to be at scale but would have a massive positive impact on the residents of these townships.

Click here for more information on Thula Thula Hout Bay.

Watch this video which shows the devastation of the March fires and the amazing work that Thula Thula does:

A  journalist’s view of Thula Thula’s efforts on Human Rights Day:

For more information on how to get involved and donate leading up to Mandela Day, please contact us at

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