This is an open letter written by Anton's wife - good people:
Dear family, friends and the kindest people I have not even met. Anton and I lived a simple yet abundant life in the farm / forest area of Sedgefield / Knysna. We planned, built – often with our own two hands – a home that we loved; we sculpted our lives around it and revelled in the joys of what it gave us. Our morning coffee ritual on the stoep, was also our time of absolute gratitude as we treasured the often small wonders of a new day breaking around us. Our little farming community became our life- line and our neighbours and friends became our family. The fire that shook our world and brought us to our knees is something I cannot yet grasp. WHAT to do next and HOW to start again… I do not know. But I know the WHY. We owe it to our friends and neighbours, Tony, Madre, Michael and Madre’s unborn baby to dust ourselves off, pick ourselves up and start again. That is what they would have done….in fact they would have helped us put the roof back on, for they were both engineers by trade. We also have to put on our armour and face the day to show our gratitude for every person who offered us assistance – in any form. From helping us to escape our burning house, to saving our three chickens, giving us as a roof over our heads, to gifts of clothes – to the smallest thing like a pack of cards, a nail clipper or a pair of socks. On top of that we received teary hugs, accompanied with a hand-full of cash stuffed in a pocket or a overseas phone-call from a high school friend wanting to donate money to Anton’s knife – making friends, work colleagues and customers coming together to help out. The generosity of people is overwhelming. The show of support of everybody restored my dwindling trust in humanity and made me humble me to the core. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of our lives and helping us along our journey to recover and reconstruct our lives. We feel and appreciated your love and good wishes. Our hearts are with everybody affected by this tragedy.