I WISH to express my gratitude and appreciation to the residents of Port Elizabeth, who rallied to aid and support the shack fire disaster victims of Extension 6, Malabar. Some 21 families lost everything in the fire.
This has been an emotional and traumatic roller coaster journey for me, experiencing the plight of these helpless human beings who lost everything they possessed. It has given me insight into the enormous, impossible challenges all shack dwellers experience.
It is imperative they get decent housing and ablution facilities urgently.
The support of the public, the staff and management of big and small companies, church groups and the Muslim fraternity was tremendous. The donors provided huge quantities of food, clothes, building material, furniture, kitchen utensils and medical supplies.
I salute the community of Malabar for the manner in which they opened their wallets and hearts for the victims housed in the community centre. Their love and compassion for the underprivileged, and their willingness to relieve and pamper these people will always remain a memorable moment.
Sadly the powers that be failed to deliver on the promises made to the homeless victims. The MEC of social development and our mayor promised to provide temporary housing by Friday October 18.
This never materialised and even food parcels promised were never supplied. The victims were forgotten by the authorities.
Shirley Sauls, DA Ward 12 councillor, Port Elizabeth