During the early hours of yesterday morning – 18 April, a vegetation fire broke out in Cape Town, traveling towards the University of Cape Town, causing damage to the UCT library, residences, and the upper campus. This resulted in the evacuation of all students. Rhodes Memorial has been affected as well.
We have prepared a list of ways on how you could assist. Read further below:
At this very moment, firefighters and volunteers are battling to bring the fire under control.
Here is a list of ways to help those who had been affected:
An emergency relief fund has also been set up, and the university has called on all those who can donate to:
Account name: UCT Donations Account Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa. Branch code: Rondebosch Branch, 025009. Account number: 07 152 2387. Swift code: SBZAZAJJ
Donors should please include their name if they wish to, as well as the purpose/reference for their donation (#UCTFire)
2. UCT Fire Relief Fund for UCT students and Fire Fighters:
Student Care Packs will include the following:
Basic food supplies
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Firefighter Care Packs will include the following:
Visit the website here to donate: https://millenniumfundraisingsouthafrica.co.za/uct-fire-relief-fund/
3. Counselling services made available to those affected and evacuated:
SA Depression and Anxiety Group: 080 024 2526
ICAS: 080 111 3945
4. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA Cape Town has asked those living nearby to place shallow containers with water in their gardens for animals that might come down the mountain. Call 083 326 1604 for more information
Our thoughts are with all students, staff, and businesses affected by the #CapeTownFire. A BIG shout out to all volunteers, businesses, and organizations for offering to help out where needed. Another BIG shout out to firefighters and volunteers for all your hard work in getting the fire under control!
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