UPDATE: Fire sweeps through Mkholombe – police step up for Mandela Day

UPDATE: July 18

Following the recent Mkholombe informal settlement fire which claimed a life and destroyed many shacks, Port Shepstone station commander, brigadier Sandra Nala accompanied by several officers, visited the scene today and handed much needed food parcels, blankets and other household items, all in the spirit of Mandela Day.

The team also visited a crèche in Louisiana where blankets, toys and sweets were given to the children.

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Meanwhile,  Southport SAPS concentrated their Mandela Day eforts on elderly people, children, victims of crime, a retired reservist warrant officer and needy families.

The acting station commander of Southport SAPS,  Sunil Singh and some of the station’s officers, visited vulnerable elderly people in Southport. They were given hampers containing food and toiletries.

The team also went to Gwalagwala and Sozabe  where goodies were distributed to some senior citizens and families in need.




SEVERAL shacks were reduced to ash after a fire broke out at the Mkholombe informal settlement near Merlewood last Sunday (July 16) night.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Fire and Rescue fire fighters and Port Shepstone SAPS members responded. More than 30 shacks are believed to have been destroyed, but that number is expected to rise as more information comes to hand.

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According to residents, the man thought to have started the fire apparently died in the blaze, but this has not been confirmed by police.

When the Herald arrived, people were seen trying to reclaim what little they could from the ashes.

Wellington Gasa (42) said he had no idea how he was going to survive as he had been left with nothing.

“I lost everything, I’m also worried about my children as I don’t know where they will sleep or what they will eat.”







Thembo Nzama, an elderly woman living with two grandchildren, said she had been left with only her identity document.”I tried putting the fire out with water, but I realised I was wasting my time,” she added.


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