Five months after eight of their loved ones perished in a devastating fire in their home, the surviving relatives have moved back into the house, which has been rebuilt.
On Friday, Patrick Abrahams, 54, received the keys to his home in Macbeth Street, Eastridge, Mitchells Plain, saying it’s a new beginning for him.
Rebuilding started a month ago after his Standard Bank home insurance policy payout.
Patrick took a slow walk through his house, which sports new walls, a fresh coat of paint, tiling, a beautiful new kitchen, bathroom and laminated flooring.
While the three-bedroom house still needs furniture and appliances, Patrick is just grateful he has a roof over his head.
He says: “I feel happy and excited. It is God who gives me peace and happiness in my heart again.
“Prys die Here , kyk hoe mooi lyk die plek, and thank you to everyone who was involved.”
Patrick had been asleep when the fire, believed to be caused by an electrical fault, broke out in the kitchen on June 12.
His three children Kyle, 18, Joshua, 13, Nikita, three, and his three grandchildren Tamia Swartz, one, Cameron Fredericks, six, and Elmarie Fredericks, five, all perished in the blaze.
Patrick’s nephew Arafaat Madatt, 14, and his daughter’s boyfriend Alfonso Swartz, 35, also died.
His daughters Gloria Swartz, 31, who was five months pregnant at the time, and Shanice Abrahams, 22, their mother Verona Abrahams, 52, and friends Lance Minnies, 17, Nawaal Erasmus, 23, were injured.
Heinrich Kuhn, owner of Benchmark Building & Maintenance, donated R2 500 in cash.
Gloria, who lost her three children and is expecting a baby this month, says she felt “at peace and happy”.
Shanice adds: “We as family have always been together so I am glad we are under one roof again.
“We will always feel (our dead relatives) wherever we are and we will never forget them.
“We feel excited; there is a new baby on the way. We will again be together like a family.”
If you would like to assist with furniture and appliances, call Patrick on 074 3577 332.