However, after the successful land invasion in 2020 and now that our facility is surrounded by hundreds of shacks, we are not safe from the very real threat of shack fires.
Shack fires are common occurrences and the impact this kind of inferno would have on our facility, including our patients, equipment, ambulances and staff, would be utterly devastating. The December 2020 Masi fire in Kommetjie is a gruesome example of what we fear the most.
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Our pleas to local government to allow us to move to a safe and suitable location is not being heard. The time has come to bring this plea into a public space, with high impact communications and activations to challenge our crippling and inexcusable situation.
We have no alternative but to boldly, safely and strategically engage with government and all stakeholders. As we continue to save the COCT millions each year, we simply cannot remain unheard.
To pull this activation off, we are asking for assistance in the form of funding. Please HELP SA.MAST to hold on to the fundamentally important role that we play in supporting the growth of a healthy, prosperous economy within Khayelitsha. Help us to maintain the health and safety of the Khayelitsha residents, and their animals. Help us to keep our heads above water, so that we may continue to save lives and livelihoods.
Funds still needing to be raised for the activation is approximately R150 000.00.
It is a lot of money. But what would the cost be if we lost everything?
In monetary terms it would equate to Rands and cents. For Khayelitsha, its residents, their animals and us, the loss of everything we have worked for and towards, would be beyond measure.
As an annually audited and registered PBO organization, you have in the past trusted us to be accountable for and to utilize your funding wisely. I am now hoping, should you be in a position to do so, that you will assist us with any kind donation towards these activations.
I thank you for your ongoing, unwavering support of SA MAST. Perhaps there will be a time in the future when our pleas won't be as ragged, or as raw. We can only hope.
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