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NON-RUGBY: Calling all Good Samaritans

Written by (Big Fish)

Posted in :Admin on 23 Mar 2009 at 14:06

Guys, sorry to detract from the aftermath of a good weekend’s rugby. but I found the story below to be very sad.

Just as some adults feel free to harm these innocent children for no reason, I hope some of us will feel inclined to help them.

Thanks for the Soapbox Rob.

Please contact the Principal; Dave Moonsamy, on 031 207 3223 or 031 209 8871 should you be able to help.

Fire destroys part of children’s home
March 23 2009 at 09:01AM
By Sinegugu Ndlovu

By Sinegugu Ndlovu

A Durban children’s home was dealt a blow on Sunday when a section of it burnt to the ground.

Arson is suspected.

A 250 square metre section of the St Thomas Home for Children, in Sydenham, caught fire about 10am, destroying a kitchen, hall and the roof of the nursery school, which 20 children attended.

The home houses about 60 children.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Children reported seeing two men wearing balaclavas run out of the home about the time of the fire.

A spokesperson for the home, Charlie Anderson, said he was struggling to understand why anyone would deliberately set fire to the home.
It was estimated that it would take more than R1 million to rebuild the burnt-out section.

“The home itself was not affected,”Anderson said.

“The burnt section was the hall, nursery, kitchen and storeroom for our jumble sales. We have another kitchen but the destroyed unit was used for the hall and nursery school. Unfortunately much of our groceries were stored in the freezer, which was burnt along with the kitchen,” he said.

More than half of the items the home had planned to sell at a jumble sale had been burnt, he said.

“We rented out the hall to the community for events, which generated R10 000 for us monthly. We also used it for our jumble sales.

“A local school was planning to rent the nursery, but now it’s gone,” he said.

Anderson said the home would be forced to send the 20 children who used the nursery school to another facility.

It would have to pay the children’s fees and transport costs.

Although the home received government funding, it did not meet facility’s needs.

The burnt-out section had been condemned and it was unclear if the home would be compensated by its insurance company.

Division commander of the eThekwini fire department, Clyde van Niekerk, said it had taken 20 minutes to extinguish the fire.

St Thomas principal Dave Moonsamy urged people who could help the home to telephone him at 031 207 3223 or 031 209 8871.

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This article was originally published on page 4 of The Mercury on March 23, 2009


  • We will always give airtime to a good cause here.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.09 14:10:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Paarlbok – we have a zero-tolerance approach to political commentary here.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.09 14:34:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Well it will be sad if you see the Jan ad in a political view. Suppose to have nothing to do with politics, only the Keo lot doing this. šŸ™„

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.09 14:45:12 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I see Vinnie is at it again on Voldy. lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.09 14:53:53 by wpw Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 3) : well, let’s just say that their spin on it was VERY political, which is why I don’t want to reproduce it here

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.09 14:59:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : You know image their mountain goats team without Paarl en sy lekker ou Janne. šŸ™„

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.09 15:02:58 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Shot Rob.

    I grew up in the area, so this story really saddened me.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.09 15:34:24 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Sheesh that was fun. Some of those kids have loads to learn thoguh!

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.09 16:24:14 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 8) : he he… you find that a cathartic experience?

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.09 16:27:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Yes, quite.
    It was also interesting to see how I’ve matured as a blogger and a person.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.09 16:32:14 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 10) : afraid I really can’t be arsed to put myself through it any more… maybe I have actually grown up too? Scary thought!

    You remember our scrap on RW a few years back?

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.09 16:38:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    Yip and I also remember how it used to rile me up.

    Now I pull the puppet strings to a certain degree and rile other people up! I’m maturing Robbo…

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.09 16:57:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 12) : yeah – we are all getting old.

    So – about this braai… when should we do it? šŸ™‚

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.03.09 17:11:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 10) : @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    Geez Granpa’s…dont forget to have fun, hey!!?? What happened to the inner child in yu??

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.03.09 21:36:47 by Prof. Ice Reply
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