16 January 2017 – Drakenstein Farm Watch Rescue teams.
At 01h30 a red glow re-appeared on the Du Toitskloof pass which was sweeping through the Cape Pine forestry towards various Wine Estates and Gueshouses.
The Drakenstein Farm watch deployed multiple teams which responded to alarming calls for assistance to evacuate Animals, People and to cry-outs to protect the properties that were threatened by the fires.
Being volunteer driven we tried our utmost best to be everywhere at the same time, the teams worked extremely hard in terrible weather conditions. We are exceptionally proud of what we did achieve, and we grieve the loss of the beautiful Calais wine estate which posed no threat to the flames but tiny bits of hot ashes overpowered the thatched roof.
For any donations to help the farm watch improve their equipment in order to upgrade their equipment, get more progressive body gear for those on the front line, and in order to aid with animal and human evacuations.
Please your NAME + DONATION as reference.
Nedbank Branch code 102905
Nedbank account nr 1088514472
We appreciate your support.
With Special thanks to the following people:
ADT Security: For being part of the Drakenstein Farm Watch and for assisting us where necessary.
Vetus Scola: For providing us with cold drinks and being assisting with evacuations.
Patrick Hall: For your loyalty to the Drakenstein Farm watch and always having our back.
Paarl Police: Especially the riot squad who went out of their way to assist us with evacuating Calais wine estate manor house, the uphill battle did not intervene with the persistence and perserverance that you demonstrated.
Lelifontein Kennels: For opening up your doors for evacuated animals.
Michelle Mazurkiewicz: For co-ordinating the evacuation of horses.
Tchutara Stud: For housing and helping evacuating animals.
Calais Wine estate: For initially opening your doors to all evacuated people.
The People of Paarl & Wellington: For your generous donations in form of Water, Cooldrinks and Food.
Together we stand strong.