LETTER: Thanking those who helped during the floods

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Madam – The much prayed for rains also brought with it some heartbreak in the form of flooding around our town.

It was during this time that true community leaders stepped up to help those who were worst affected by the floods and who had to physically leave their homes and evacuate in order to keep themselves and their families safe.

Some people not only helped by physically being there, but also by calling for support and organising collections for those who were left with nothing in the aftermath.

One of these people is Councillor Bertie Meiring, who was present to help those along Finnemore Street even though it is no longer his ward. Cllr Meiring was a godsend and helped families cope with their trauma and assisted with the rescue efforts.

On behalf of Paradise residents, we want to sincerely thank Cllr Meiring for all his help and hope that God blesses him. We also want to thank Mark and Seshni Jacobs from Two Eagles Security for all their efforts and hard work until the early hours of the morning.

Thank you also to the community who stepped up to help each other out, and to the emergency services and SAPS teams. A big thank you to the Newcastle 911 response members who were willing to assist at any given time.

The municipality protection services must also be mentioned, as they helped coordinate efforts to collect items such as food, clothes and blankets for those who had to evacuate their homes.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone in the community who set aside their time and worked together to help each other. These residents want no recognition, but they should know their selfless and tireless efforts were noted and appreciated.

It is in times of great need when you realise the true value of humanity.


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Visit our Facebook page to see Live video of a rescue by members of the SAPS, residents, emergency services, and Newcastle 911.

Reveshni Moodley

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