Defence Minister calls on fire-ravaged East London settlement


Parts of East London’s Duncan Village, decimated by fire last month, was on the receiving end of the Defence and Military Veterans Minister’s interpretation of Operation Chariot at the weekend.

That’s the name the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) assigned its ongoing disaster relief and assistance tasking, but this time around there were no soldiers in sight. It was Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula supported by Armscor and the Buffalo City Metro leading the charge.

The Minister and representatives of the defence and security acquisition agency donated much-needed goods to families who found themselves homeless after a fire raged through Duncan Village in early July destroying at least 50 houses.

The visit was to “lend a helping hand to those presently rebuilding their homes and livelihoods” according to a Department of Defence (DoD) statement.