Candle light prayers for Ben on Friday

Burn victim Ben Coetzee has been transferred to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Shortly after he arrived at the hospital on Monday, September 10, he went to theatre where the burns on his legs and feet were tended to. One of his toes was amputated.

It has been two weeks after Coetzee fell in a sinkhole close to his home in Jackaroo Park on Sunday, August 26.

Coetzee was flying a kite in an open field across from his house when suddenly the ground beneath him gave way.

“I heard the earth crack. The next moment I was literally swallowed by the ground,” he recalled his horrific ordeal.

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His legs and especially his feet were badly burnt.

With no medical aid he was rushed to Witbank General Hospital.

The Hero Burn foundation opened a bank account for Coetzee as they realise that Coetzee is still going to need specialised treatment.

“This specialised treatment can be very costly and can range anything from R350 000 to R500 000. Money that Ben and his family definitely don’t have. So we appeal to the general public and our friends to open up your hearts and to please help raise money for Ben’s treatment,” said Ms Annerie du Plooy from Hero Burn.


Mr Dennis Ground from Emalahleni Local Fire Department urges people to stay off this open field opposite Deborah Street in Jackaroo Park as there are pockets of burning underground coal everywhere in the vicinity.

Donations towards Ben’s medical costs can be made directly to

Hero Burn Foundation. Nedbank Branch: 198765. Nedbank account number: 1047234327. Reference: #HeroBen.
Send proof of payment to: [email protected] Section 18(A) Tax Exemption Certificates available to business and individuals. To request a tax exception certificate email [email protected]

“We need prayers for Ben,” said Ms Maureen Scheepers from South African Community Crime Watch (SACCW).

They are calling everyone to come and pray for Coetzee on Friday, September 14 at 19:00 in Deborah Street in Jackaroo Park in front of the open field where the incident happened.

“Bring a candle in a protected covered bottle and come pray for Ben,” Scheepers invited.

  AUTHOR
Zita Goldswain
Assistant Editor

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