Help Masi this Winter! Masi Fire

1 fire  |  200 – 450 homes burnt |  800 homeless |  35 kids with no school  | 30 trucks of rubble removed

Masiphumelele means ‘we will succeed’ in the Xhosa language and visitors to the informal settlement on the Cape Point Route often experience many of the success stories and development programmes that have been established in Masi as it is commonly know.  Determination, self-help and a strong sense of community have made the people living here resilient.Masifire (1)

On the 23 May 2014 a massive fire broke out in the wetlands area, resulting in hundreds of Masi residents being left homeless and destitute.  30 trucks removed rubble and burnt debris from the scene and the area has been leveled in preparation for rebuilding, with some stones and waterproof sheeting being laid as foundations for an area that is regularly flooded at this time of year due to the level of the watertable in the wetlands area.   There is a long way to go for the families who lost their homes.Masifire (7)

Masincedisane Pre-school was burnt to the ground. Fortunately a temporary alternative shelter has been found for the 35 children but the conditions in the small shack are not great especially with the chilly and stormy weather that has been hitting Cape Town.

A team from Noordhoek Farm Village and it’s tenants, including our new office of Cape Point Route and To Escape To/Escape and Explore, helped co-ordinate donations and desperately needed items for the kids and others  and took the first round of supplies to Masi and visited the kids.Masifire (5)

35 kids in a tiny room, with a couple of thin mattresses, threadbare blankets and barely a change of clothing (let alone warm clothing) was tough to witness and we are keeping the local appeal going for more donations for another drop to keep them going.Masifire (6)

The long term plan is to rebuild the school with more solid structure with a raised floor level and in an ideal world breeze blocks which could survive potential fire damage.  Masicorp and the phenomenal vounteer Sophie Billington are trying to assist these children and their families and any amount, however small would be very welcome and appreciated. Donations can be made to Masicorp. Click Here for details for local and international bank transfer options.  Masifire (4)

How you can Help:  
The appeal for  donations and supplies continues.  Items needed:  Warm Clothes and Blankets;  Soap and Hygiene products; household items (pots, pans etc); furniture; toys; books or magazines; furniture and building supplies.  Almost anything you can think of is needed, so please do a winter spring clean, go through those cupboards

Drop offs: 

  1. Noordhoek Farm Village -either at the Noordhoek Tourism Office (tel: 021 789 2812) or the Cape Point Route/To Escape To offices above the Foodbarn Deli.  We will co-ordinate for these items to be taken to Masi and properly distributed.
  2. Living Hope Centre at their security gates:  931 Kommetjie Road.  Tel:  021 784 2800. Email: Website:
  3. Masiphumelele Community Hall:  Skine Road, Site 5. Tel:  021 784 2028  or 021 784 2028
  4. Donations to Masicorp via EFT – click here for bank details and reference your payment as FIRE FUND.  Tel:  021 786 3149. Email:  Website:


Masifire (3)A massive SHOUT OUT to all those heroes who have helped so far with special mentions to To Escape To (Ingram, Hazel, Millie & Andy); Cape Point Route;  Noordhoek Farm Village management, Cafe Roux (Moosa); Grosvenor Guest House ; Miriam Bracht;  Sophie Billington and Pure Photography. Thank you.

Living Hope is another organisation which deserves a special mention for the unbelievable work they do continuously to  break cycles of poverty and disease. They run a health care facility, help the homeless and those suffering from Substance abuse, they do prevention work and economic empowerment training from life skills training to  work readiness, time management as well as agriculture and business training.  Their contribution to the fire victims is astonishing.

More Photos of our Fire Drop to Masi – CLICK HERE for photos by Pure Photography.

Masifire (2)If you have never been to Masi or a Township, do yourself a favour and experience it for yourself with a personalised tour.

Township Bicycle Tour:  Masimphumelele
This international award winning socially responsible Bicycle Tour in Masiphumelele is a new take on township tours, providing guests the opportunity to meet and interact with the local community from a bicycle seat. Price from:  R600 pp. Read More…

Township Bicycle Tour. Photo Matt Long

Township Bicycle Tour. Photo Matt Long

Township Walking Tour:  Masimphumelele
On your way to Cape Point, join Mandy on a walking tour of “Masi”. It’s an unforgettable experience. Mandy will share her story & introduce you to interesting people along the way. You will visit her home and pop into her children’s creche.  Price from R250 pp. Read More….

Township Walking Tour. Photo Ali Bell-leask

Township Walking Tour. Photo Ali Bell-leask

Cape Point Route also offers day tourspackagesaccommodationactivities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call  021 789 0093 or visit 

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