Hearts broke as a bus burst into flames on the N1 in Johannesburg, it had been travelling from Cape Town to Zimbabwe, families lost everything.
Johannesburg, South Africa – It was with broken hearts we watched the news of the bus fire on the N1. Our only thoughts were that these men and women, who were destined for Zimbabwe, had lost everything they had worked so hard for.
With the economic crisis in Zimbabwe raging on, essential goods are so unaffordable that many people go without. Those who made it to South Africa, spend an entire year working and saving, sending what they can home. By December, many Zimbabweans pack supplies like food and toiletries and head home to help their families who are struggling to survive.
This is the reality and it isn’t a good one! So naturally, when we heard of the bus fire, our thoughts went to these foreign citizens who will now go without for the festive season. Many more people are thinking along the same lines and hoping to do some good. We are seeking information about any official organisations working to assist the families affected by the fire. If anyone has any information, we encourage them to contact us immediately via email.
However, some have already spread a little goodness to the families of the N1 bus fire. Leon Brand was in the stand-still traffic close to the bus. He witnessed women sobbing as their possessions burned into ash.
Leon knew something needed to be done, so he called Debonairs and asked if they could make a donation of food and water. The company didn’t disappoint and sent five scooter delivery guys to the scene of the accident.
“I know everyone was so frustrated this morning with traffic on the N1 in Joburg, so was I until I saw the poor passengers sitting next to the highway watching and waiting to see if they have anything left after their bus caught fire.
I stopped and asked if there was anything I could do. The fire marshall said that they are hungry and need water. I phoned around and Debonairs Pizza immediately offered to donate some pizzas and water. The smiles I saw when those 5 delivery bikes arrived was just so heartwarming”
Thanks to Leon and Debonairs, the victims of the fire were given a small comfort. Take a look at the efforts made below. As they say, in times of darkness, always look for the helpers!