Family lose everything in fire

The fire burnt down the entire wendy house.

A Manenberg family have appealed for help after a fire engulfed their home.

The fire started at about 8pm on Sunday March 10 and destroyed three wendy houses and left nine people homeless.

The main house, on whose property the shacks were built, was also damaged.

Marawaan Prince, 55, said the wendy house he, his wife, and two children, aged 13 and 17, had called home had been destroyed, along with all their belongings, by the time the fire department had arrived 30 minutes after the blaze started.

“We have nothing left – no food or clothes, our children’s school uniforms are also gone,” he said

Fire and Rescue’s Jermaine Carelse said it wasn’t clear yet exactly where the fire had started.

Yousuf Atcha, principal of The Leadership College, the school Mr Prince’s 13-year-old daughter attends, said they had provided her with a new uniform and stationery and donated food parcels to the family.

The school’s pupils and teachers had collected clothing and other items to give to the family.

“Despite this setback she has reported to school every day and continues with her good mannerisms. She is a lovely child. This just goes to show what good pupils we get from Manenberg despite all the challenges in the area. The teachers and pupils are extremely proud of her,” Mr Atcha said.

Mr Prince has appealed to the community to make any donations towards the family to help them get back on their feet.

They are staying with his mother-in-law in the main house.

Charlotte Powell, from the City’s disaster risk management centre, said they had asked the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to provide humanitarian relief to the family, and starter kits would be given to the fire victims to rebuild.