South African expats who want to help fight the raging Cape Town fire can donate to the Volunteer Wildfire Services, Gift of the Givers or UCT free of charge through Sable International’s Forex service.
Cape Town fires: Areas evacuated Monday
The wildfire, which broke out on Sunday morning, swept across Table Mountain, claiming the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and a number of buildings on the University of Cape Town campus, including the Jagger Library and historic Mostert’s Mill.
UCT students were evacuated on Sunday afternoon, with further evacuations in surrounding areas taking place on Monday morning. Gemma Blommaert, Head of Global Forex at Sable International, explains:
“Our forex team is predominantly South African and as a result, we’ve been following the news closely. We wanted to help and enable fellow South Africans living aboard to do the same”.
“We’ve opened up our payment portal so clients can show support with zero fees. We’re waiving all charges; every cent donated by our clients will go directly to support those giving aid and risking their lives to stop these devastating fires.”
See more details on how you can donate to these organisations from overseas, free of charge on Sable International’s website.
Cape Town fires: Helping the helpers
The Cape Town community has come together to help in any way they can. These are some of the organisations on the front lines of this crisis. You can assist by donating free of charge through Sable International Forex.
The Volunteer Wildfire Service
VWS is a non-profit organisation that arose after the spate of fires that swept the Cape in 1999/2000. Furthermore, they are made up almost entirely of brave volunteers fighting side-by-side with the CoCT Fire and Rescue Services.
Gift of the Givers
Gift of the Givers is a foundation dedicated to pitching in and helping whenever people are in need. They are also currently the largest disaster response, non-governmental organisation on the African continent.
Gift of the Givers have provided over 4 000 meals to displaced UCT students and firefighters so far. They have also been leading the call for donations of food and necessities, and gathering supplies for distribution to those in need.
The University of Cape Town has opened an emergency relief fund. Moreover, the fire has caused extensive damage to some of its buildings and impacted a number of ongoing research projects and archives.