Healing Hands, Hearts and Voices
National Burn Association of SA
The National Burn Association SA, formerly the Thandi Foundation was constituted in January 2008 as a Voluntary Association and registered as a Non Profit Organisation in May 2010, to promote Burn Safety Awareness and Emotional Rehabilitation of Burn Survivors. We subscribe to the Department of Social Development Code of Good Practices and Transparent Governance and our Advisory Board oversees the functions of management.
What we do
The first objective of the NBASA is to disseminate information to the people of South Africa on how to prevent deaths, injuries and property loss due to fires and burns. According to the Fire Protection Association of South Africa 2013 stats, insured losses exceed R 2 billion per annum.
The second objective is to emotionally support those affected by burns (about 44,000 burns incidents per annum Markinor survey 2013).
Consequences of Fire as a Weapon – A Reflection Post 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
In the wake of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we are urged to reflect on the severe and irreversible consequences of using fire, hot liquids, or petrol bombs as weapons. Such actions, often stemming from rage, jealousy, or a misguided sense of discipline, lead to tragic outcomes.
Sometimes, when you least expect it, but may need it, an incident from the past pops in to your life. Such was the case this Saturday upon meeting Candice, a burn survivor from Oceans View. In the first few minutes of interaction Candice told Sharon and I that she had been on a burn survivor camp some 23 years ago.
I’m Nombulelo Vokwana Maqhutyana. I’m 37 years old, joined NBASA in 2008, introduced by Tar Ace (Andile Majola) the journey to my freedom began. I joined, met Shaz and Mr Colin then other burn survivors Phindi, Mary, Kim and others we were sisters and brothers with lot of talents.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend, colleague, counsellor and ambassador, Jo MAFALO ex Orange Farm. Jo passed away on the 20 September 2023, leaving his wife, Vumile and daughter, Hlompho. Jo was a man of many talents, a beloved teacher and upright community member.