Blitzbokke helped with Cape fires

2015-03-06 08:45
Frankie Horne (AFP)

Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens players spent some time assisting the South African fireman and locals in areas affected by the Cape fires on Wednesday.

The wild fires in Cape Town’s South Peninsula region (in areas such as Hout Bay, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Noordhoek) caused major damage over the past four days.

Firemen from stations all over the Mother City and other parts of South Africa have been working hard on the ground and in the air to extinguish these ravaging flames, which have been burning local households, wildlife and nature.

The public has assisted where they can, dedicating time in the affected areas and providing food and drink supplies and financial funds to support the firemen.

The Blitzbokke decided to play their part by taking action on Wednesday.

“If my house burned down due to the wild fires, I hope my neighbours would assist me in some way. That motivated the players do make a difference. We gathered to provide our time,” Blitzbok veteran Frankie Horne told

“I was actually scheduled to do my rehab on Wednesday morning, but some of us decided that helping out was needed more.

“I drove over to Noordhoek and Tokai, and helped out where I could. The firemen were extremely busy and the environment was chaotic, as you can imagine. I was willing to assist where ever they needed me.

“I spent some time rescuing some animals from the wild and helped locals search through damaged areas, just in case there was anybody in need. The players also supplied food and water, and we gave some money towards fuel for the fire trucks and helicopters.

“Hopefully, we made a valuable contribution in saving these areas.”

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