Two Kempton Park residents have started a Facebook group called “Help Winnie Mandela Section Tembisa” to assist families who lost their homes and belongings in Tuesday’s tornado which swept through the township, Kempton Express reported.
The strong wind blew off the roofs of about 200 households in Winnie Mandela, leaving an estimated 400 people displaced. Other areas damaged by the storm include 100 shacks and 20 houses in Hospitalview.
Kempton Park resident Brenda Smit said her domestic worker could not attend work on Wednesday morning as she had no dry clothes or a house anymore.
“All her belongings were taken in the tornado yesterday. They are now cleaning up all the broken pieces from their shacks.
“We have created this group to ask people in and around Kempton Park to assist us with unwanted building materials to rebuild their shacks – for example wood, steel roof sheeting, scrap materials, cardboards, big oil tins, food, clothes, blankets and mattresses.
“People can bring it to our house and we will take it to Tembisa, or they are more than welcome to deliver the goods themselves at Winnie Mandela section. These people desperately need our help in any way we can,” she said.
Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance mayoral candidate Ghaleb Cachalia raised R100 000 to assist the tornado victims.
“Today (Wednesday) I visited the residents of Tembisa who were so tragically affected by the tornado that swept through the region. To help families in need after the tornado I have raised a R100 000 donation which the DA will pay over to a non-profit organisation in the area to assist residents.
“I was heartbroken to see homes and lives destroyed, and families without roofs over their heads. The need for decent housing in Ekurhuleni is highlighted by this tragedy,” Cachalia said.
Residents are welcome to contact Smit on 062 150 2712 or Malcolm Taylor on 076 701 1292, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
– Caxton News Service