Pinetown CBD fire: Disaster relief group heads collection drive

Pinetown CBD fire: Disaster relief group heads collection drive

A relief group and residents are rallying to support more than 100 street traders who lost their entire stock in a fire that tore through an informal storage unit off Anderson Street in Pinetown. 

Storage facilities destroyed in Pinetown CBD fire
Portia Cele

The blaze spread from a patch of grass, along the railway line nearby, in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

 Fresh produce, chickens and gas cylinders were destroyed.   

City Hope Disaster Relief, based in Hillcrest, kicked off a drive this week - hoping to raise donations for the vendors.  

Catherine Smith says they're asking people to give items that will help the informal traders get back on their feet.

"We will be doing a collection over the next seven days and we will try and go down to Pinetown again next week Friday. Over the next seven days, we would like the public to try and support us by serving donations like apples and oranges for the vendors to sell. They're looking for large cooking pots and wooden spoons with cooking hot meals on the side of the road," Smith said.  

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Other items include shopping trolleys, storage cages, gas bottles, and non-perishable snack items.

For queries or questions on how to get involved, please contact CityHope's Catherine Smith on 86 11 22 331 or Ward 18 Councillor, Melanie Brauteseth on 073 257 8574.  

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