The Western Cape Goverment has earmarked R75 million for rebuilding fire-ravaged Knysna, as well as other areas damaged by last week's Cape storm. Picture: WorkingOnFire

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town will be closing the donation points at the designated fire stations after the Knysna fire left hundreds displaced.

The City has expressed gratitude to those who dropped off donations at the fire stations for the residents of Knysna.

"The response has been completely overwhelming, to the point where we have received more than we could have hoped for. The City will therefore be closing the donation points." said Alderman JP Smith, the City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security.

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters helped raise over R500 000 for a Knysna/Garden Route fire relief initiative.

With the support of Sun International and Cell C, she launched the fund for those who have lost everything in the devastating fires along the Garden Route.

Western Cape Institute of Estate Agents of SA general manager Annette Evans said that many Garden Route residents had lost everything, “escaping only with their lives”.

"Some homeowners were not insured, and do not know how they will put their lives back together at this point,” Evans said.

Police and authorities have also previously slammed fake news with regards to the fires.

One of the rumours indicated that delivery trucks delivering humanitarian relieve packages to Knysna were hijacked.

Despite the circulation of fake news, donations continued to stream in.

IOL adapted from press release