Determined family remains homeless for outbonus

DSC_0850 A 47-year-old father of three from Cape Town has caused a stir, after declining an insurance payout after the family home was destroyed in a fire last weekend.

Ronald Fotheringham, from Tableview was having a braai with friends last Saturday, when a sosatie [kebab] stick set alight causing what Fotheringham described as a domino effect.

Fotheringham said, “It happened when Western Province took to the field at Newlands at the start of a Currie Cup match against the Kings.”

Fotheringham’s wife, Peggy, said she was chopping cucumbers inside when she noticed all the smoke.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Platboy Plaatjies, said his team only heard the fire alarm at the depot at half time. “We actually laughed,” he said. “It was funny because our boys was mos on fire at Newlands same time. Same time!”

All that was salvaged from the 4-bedroom house was a Floorwhiz Pro, two YOU magazines, and a bottle of Old Spice.

Platboy Plaatjies
Platboy Plaatjies

After giving it much thought, the Fotheringham family decided to decline the insurance pay-out to replace the home and its contents, as they are only three weeks away from their first ‘outbonus.’

Speaking to the media, Peggy said, “Ronald had promised to spoil me with our first bonus, and we have been waiting for it for just over 9 years.”

The exact amount of the bonus is not yet known, but the insurance company’s Marketing Director Yaros Goldstein said it was in the region of R5800. Goldstein said, “We respect our loyal clients and it is nothing but a pleasure to pay them out when they have earned it.”

Fotheringham said he had Loaves and fishesnot yet decided how to spend the money but was considering a family trip to the Cango Caves.

As far as the future is concerned, Fotheringham said he had stumbled upon a brochure from the Loaves and Fishes Shelter in Mowbray.

He said, “The rooms are absolutely delightful and the family has accepted that the ablution facilities are limited, and two blocks away. We’ll wear flip flops when we shower and my three kids have agreed to sleep in the car.”


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