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Maggie Mashiloane faced tragedy recently when her home was engulfed in flames, the neighbours pulled her and her youngest son from the blaze, but unable to save the rest of her family. Her community has rallied to support her through these heartbreaking times.


Pretoria, South Africa (30 November 2021) – The Jacaranda Good Morning Angels received a heartbreaking letter last week and they knew they had to help.

Karlien Nel and Theresa Marais from Hoërskool Staatspresident C.R Swart received the tragic news that one of their students, 18-year-old Fortunate Moretsele had tragically passed away in a fire at his family home. It was when he didn’t arrive for his final Business Studies examination, that staff queried where he was.

The tragic discovery of this loss left everyone speechless as Fortunate, along with three of his brothers and their nanny, were lost.

In the early hours of 10 November 2021- Pretoria West mother, Maggie Mashiloane, lost all but her 3-year old son when her family home burnt down. Maggie and her youngest of five boys, were saved by the efforts of their neighbour. The neighbour had seen the fire and broke down the burglar bars with an axe to free them from the flaming house.

In the wake of the tragedy, the community rallied to help recover a little of what was lost. The letters from the staff at Hoërskool Staatspresident C.R Swart have also brought aid to Maggie and her youngest.

The Good Morning Angels team shared the story and  Retha Ingenbleek, representing Spar North Region and the Spar Women’s Virtual Race reached out.

On behalf of participants in the 2021 Spar Women’s Virtual Challange, Spar and Good Morning Angels will assist Maggie with R50 000 to ease some of the financial burdens at this time. Spar will also assist Maggie with groceries for a year in the form of R24 000 in Spar vouchers.

An anonymous listener reached out and pledged a further R20,000 to aid in helping Maggie. The Bed Store has also committed to providing beds for Maggie where ever she may settle.

The Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Lebogang Maile announced at the funeral held in Limpopo, that assistance will be secured to build Maggie a new home.

“My prayer and wish today is that we can help Ms. Mashiloane to build a new life and that we can help her to sort all materialistic things out in her life so that she doesn’t have to do that and just focus on her and the 3-year-old’s well being.  

Our hearts at school are broken after we lost this stunning, well-mannered matriculant, Fortunate Moretsele. I can not think how she must feel. She really tried her best and gave the best to her children.” – Karlien Nel

Sources: Good Morning Angels
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