By Suzanne Ackerman-Berman

In October thousands of people were displaced and many families lost all their belongings to the devastating Khayelitsha fire. School children were particularly affected as many prepared to write their end of year exams.

Together with our customers – who donated via till points and online to help those in need – we have raised over R100 000,00. While we worked with the authorises to provide for the immediate needs of the communities (feeding and rebuilding), school children quickly became a focus for us as they are most vulnerable in such situations.

Over the past month we have worked closely with 15 affected schools in the area and the Western Cape Education Department to assess the exact needs of the children deeply affected and today we handed over 177 gift cards to the value of R500 each, totalling R88 500,00. These will be used to replace school clothing, shoes and stationery that was devastated by the fire. Each gift card included a small leaflet showing what school clothing is available in-store so the children and parents know what they can purchase with the gift card.

The principals of these schools took ownership of the gift cards and will ensure that the 177 identified children will get the necessary school supplies and clothing they need for next year.

It is devastating what these families and communities had to go through and we are grateful we can play a part in helping the community rebuild. Schooling is so important and we hope this contribution can assist in elevating some of the stress of preparing for a new school year.


Issued by Corporate Image on behalf of Pick n Pay 


The principals from selected schools in Khayelitsha attended the handover of R500 Pick n Pay gift cards this afternoon at Thembelihle High School in Khayelitsha. 177 children have been identified to received one of these gift cards to replace their school clothing, shoes and stationery lost to the devastating fire in October.

The principals from the following school attended the handover event:

  • Ikhusi Primary School
  • Manyano High School
  • Noxolo Xauka Primary School
  • Iqhayiya Secondary School
  • Chris Hani Arts and Culture High School
  • Bulumko Secondary School
  • Chuma Publ. Primary School
  • Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT)
  • Soyisile Public Primary School