Tragedy Strikes Sithole Family as Fire Destroys Home in Kanana, Makhushane Village


By Mpho Modiba

PHALABORWA-The Sithole family’s seven-bedroom house in Kanana village, Makhushane, was reduced to ashes following a fire on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, and the local police have launched an investigation to determine what sparked the blaze.

The family, consisting of seven members, is currently grappling with the shock and trauma of losing their home and all their belongings. The fire has left them homeless, compounding their distress during the cold winter season.

Expressing her profound sorrow, Mayor Cllr Merriam Malatji visited the site and pledged her support to the Sithole family. Recognizing the urgent need for relief, Mayor Malatji has donated food parcels and other essential items to help the family cope with their immediate needs.

Additionally, the municipality’s disaster management department is actively working on further assistance plans to support the displaced family.

In a bid to restore some semblance of normalcy, the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), coordinated by ward councillor Buffalo Nyathi, has been mobilized to clean up the remnants of the house. This initiative aims to clear the debris and prepare the site for any potential rebuilding efforts.

Mayor Malatji has also issued a heartfelt appeal to the community and good Samaritans to come forward and assist the Sithole family during this challenging time. She emphasized the importance of community solidarity and collective action in the face of such tragedies.

Paulina Sithole, a member of the affected family, expressed her deep gratitude for the Mayor’s swift response and intervention. The support provided by the Mayor and the municipality has offered a glimmer of hope amid their profound loss.

As the investigation into the cause of the fire continues, the community of Kanana village stands in solidarity with the Sithole family, offering both moral and material support. The incident underscores the importance of emergency preparedness and community resilience in the face of unexpected disasters.

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