After a gruelling three days fighting the fires in the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town is finally able to breathe a sigh of relief after firefighters brought the blaze under control on Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean that the hard work is over, however. Many people still need help with supplies and other support, and no matter where you are in South Africa, you can lend a hand.

Read on for five ways to do so:

1.     Swipe when you shop

If you are strapped for cash but really want to help out, swipe your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet whenever you shop at Woolworths or their retail partners, including Engen, Loot.co.za, Bidvest Waltons, Builders and more. A portion of your spend will be given to a cause of your choice – at no additional cost to you.

Be sure to add Gift of the Givers, Volunteer Wildfire Services and the Salvation Army to your list of beneficiaries, all of whom are working on the frontline to provide relief to residents, students and firefighters. Simply visit myschool.co.za or download the app to sign up now.

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2.     Have food delivered to drop off points

More than anything, displaced people are in need of groceries. Regardless of where you are in the country, you can order food to be delivered to a drop-off point like the Gift of the Givers point at Old Mutual Park in Pinelands, or to someone you know needs assistance, via Yebo Fresh, which delivers anywhere in Cape Town within 40km of the CBD. To help you save, they have amazing combos available to feed anywhere from one person to a family of four, for a whole week.

3.     Stay up to date with the latest information

With any crisis, it’s important to stay updated with the newest information, and to ensure that your news sources are accurate. Many people rely on social media for their news these days, and it’s easy to get caught up with sources that aren’t the most reliable.

Follow reputable pages like Love Cape Town (Cape Town Tourism’s Instagram page), who have been sharing helpful tips on ways to support people in Cape Town, as well as updates on the state of the fire. Then  share their information to help keep others in-the-know too.

4.     Volunteer at sites in Cape Town

The bulk of the emergency relief response may be over, but there are still places that need help with sorting through donations and allocating them to different organisations or homes.

Keep your eye on the Gift of the Givers social media pages, as well as those of the fire departments, to see what’s  still needed.

5.     Make a donation

A monetary donation is a great way to show support at this time. There are various organisations working hard to help displaced people get settled again.

Consider a donation to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, who are helping working hard to assist wild and domestic animals impacted by the fire, or the University of Cape Town’s Student Representative Council, which has also put out a call for any donations, including groceries, toiletries, clothes and stationery.

Depending on what you can afford to donate, whether in cash or kind, there are several ways to help.

 

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