Jan 22, 2016


Over the past few weeks the Shoprite Group has been supporting local disaster management teams in their relentless quest to get the runaway fires in the Western Cape under control through a number of donations and other forms of assistance.

The fire fighters currently fighting the Simonsberg fire received sandwiches, energy bars and drinks, bottled water, aftersun, vaseline, eye drops and fresh fruit from the Checkers supermarket in Stellenbosch over the past two days. The Group also provided an 8-ton refrigeration truck, stationed at Delvera, to help keep products cold for the fire fighters. Shoprite Klapmuts also donated 20kg of bacon, 100 eggs and 100 rolls for a special breakfast held for the fire fighters after a long night. 

Fire fighters in Glencairn near Simonstown received assistance from the new Checkers Hyper in Sun Valley who donated hundreds of products including eyes drops, vaseline, bottled water, energy drinks, protein and chocolate bars, bananas, apples, sandwiches and aftersun.

Checkers in Hermanus donated food and drinks to assist with the fire in Elgin earlier this week, with the Checkers refrigeration truck initially stationed at Houw Hoek Inn before moving to Stellenbosch.

The Shoprite Group also assisted the community of Masiphumelele outside Noordhoek at the beginning of December by donating a truckload of food and supplies worth over R130 000 to relief organisations such as the Red Cross Society. 


Shoprite in Humansdorp donated products to the fire fighters fighting the fire at Cape St. Francis worth more than R3000, the donation included eyes drops, vaseline, bottled water, energy drinks, protein and chocolate bars, bananas, apples, sandwiches, ice and aftersun.

The Shoprite Group is committed to supporting and strengthening all the local communities in which it trades, and has a long history of reaching out to communities when impacted by disaster.  Local disaster management authorities are engaged with on an ongoing basis to ascertain where assistance can be provided, with most recent assistance given to Worcester, Ceres and again the Masiphumelele area where the Shoprite Soup Truck served displaced residents. 

Customers who wish to assist the fire fighters are urged to make a contribution directly to Volunteer Wildfire Services. Bank deposits or EFT payments can be made to:
Volunteer Wildfire Services
Branch: Foreshore
Branch Code: 108309
Account Number: 1083321226

Members of the West Coast Fire and Rescue services came to assist with the fire in Simonsberg.
Back Row: Norman Horn, Riaan Conradie, Garth Lambrechts, Niklaas Nel
Front Row: Eddie Markus, Paul Swarts, Pavel Davids.

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