Award-winning actor Dann-Jacques “DJ” and his wife Tamsyn Mouton started a fire season awareness programme at schools in their community.
The Eerste River couple started a drama academy called the Jacomus Foundation during lockdown for youth aged 16 to 35.
DJ, of Noem My Skollie fame, currently stars in the soapie Arendsvlei as Lennie, a former boxer trying to walk the straight path after a dark past.
The couple have partnered with Disaster Management and Fire Brigade Services in Tygerberg to create awareness as we enter fire season.
They handed over booklets, activity books, posters and material at Spurwing Primary School, Forest Village Leadership Academy and have reached 200 households with their programme.
Tamsyn says: “This idea came about when I had a talk with my eight-year-old son about how fires affected him and his peers as well as people we know and whom we have lost.
“I lost a family member due to fire and since his death, my brother and I never visited their place of birth ever again.
“It’s very traumatic and the scars left are real deep, this process has enabled me to slowly heal.”
DJ tells the Daily Voice: “This made me realise that as parents we have a social responsibility toward bringing awareness of social issues.
“In this case, the focus is on the fire season and making an effort to make the kids aware of ways and means when facing this specific issue of fires.”