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Cell C extends donation to heroic firefighters who fought fires on Table Mountain

Monday, 30 March 2020

Cell C has reached out to the City of Cape Town and Fire and Rescue Service workers who put out the recent fires on the slopes of Table Mountain, which began below Tafelberg Road earlier this month.

According to Fire and Rescue Service's spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, at the fire's height, 30 firefighting appliances and over 230 firefighters were needed to battle the blaze.   The Table Mountain National Park and fire management service Working on Fire also assisted.

Roads were closed because of the fire, and members of the public were advised to close all windows and doors to prevent draft and reduce heat, as well as to try to reduce their exposure to smoke. Several nearby houses were affected and six vehicles were burnt.

With the fires now out, many rescue workers are tired and exhausted and have been stretched to their limits. Six firefighters were reportedly injured and taken to hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation, as well shoulder and eye injuries.  

In liaison with the media spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, these firefighters have fought a good fight. As an act of kindness, Cell C wants to reach out to these hard working heroes by donating supplies they have been requesting.  The Cape Town employee volunteers will hand over the donated items at Roeland Street Fire Station.

"Often times when fires are ablaze, these hard working men are forgotten as they work around the clock to stop the destruction of people's dwellings and the environment," says Boni Dlamini, Cell C's Senior Manager for CSI & Transformation.

"Cell C salutes their bravery and thanks them for their tireless efforts. We hope our donations go some way towards helping them," she says.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

CELL C KINDNESS

As a proudly South African company, Cell C ascribes to the philosophy of compassion and kindness as the catalyst for real change. Every month, Cell C is spreading smiles by encouraging acts of kindness. Kindness is a gesture of goodwill towards someone or something. It doesn't have to cost anything or much; what's important is that it's an act of expressing genuine care for another person or living being. It's contagious and an opportunity for people to work together, create positive energy and inspire hope.



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