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Salvation Army helps KZN fire victims

 JOHANNESBURG, Wednesday 19 April 2023 

 For immediate release 

 The Salvation Army has appealed for assistance from the public for victims of a fire in an informal settlement south of Durban. 

The fire at Dakota informal settlement at Isipingo on Saturday night (15 April) left 450 families homeless, and left nearly one thousand children and adults in need of urgent help. 

The settlement is on the eastern edge of Prospecton, between Amanzimtoti golf course and Isipingo Beach. 

Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army of Southern Africa, Commissioner Torben Eliasen, says: “To lose one’s home is devastating and our prayers are with those who have been affected. We appeal to the community to come forward and help those in need.” 

Major Thataetsile Semeno, PR secretary for the Salvation Army, says: “Our officers and volunteers have been assisting the fire victims since early Sunday morning. Urgently needed are blankets, sponges, pots, cooking pans, food and clothes.” 

Currently, the people are being sheltered in two tents and a municipal hall. 

Anyone who is able to assist is asked to contact Major Semeno on 082-994-4351, or make a donation to the following account, using “Dakota fire” and your name as reference: 

Bank: First National Bank 

Branch: Braamfontein 

Branch code: 251905 

Account name: Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal 

Account number: 50540087604 

Reference: Please give your name and “Dakota fire” as reference. 



 The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination. The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South 

Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres. ISSUED BY QUO VADIS COMMUNICATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE SALVATION ARMY 


Major Thataetsile, Public Relations Secretary

Tel: 011-718-6745 

Cell: 082-994-4351 

Ruth Coggin, Quo Vadis Communications 

Tel: 087-286-6444