Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The cold front in Cape Town contributes to the increasing amount of shack fires.


The cold front in Cape Town contributes to the increasing amount of shack fires.

In one of the recent incidents one person died and 1 200 people were left Masiphumelele. Despite the cold temperatures, strong winds and rain, the residents began rebuilding on Tuesday 30th July. Sassa and relief organisation Gift of the Givers has been helping the city provide the assistance. Donations of any kind can be dropped off at the sub-council 19 office and Living Hope Centre in Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek
In another incident alteast 15 shacks were destroyed Tuesday 30th July at the Zandspruit informal settlement in Randburg. Reports from the scene indicated that a fire started in a single shack which quickly spread to surrounding structures.
Also on Tuesday 30th July in the area Clermont in Ward 22 of eThekwini Metro a total of 18 shacks burned down where 30 people were left homeless and these people will be moved in to temporary shelters in and around Durban. The MEC has dispatched a team of officials from the provincial disaster management centre and the EThekwini Disaster Centre to assist those that are in distress because of this incident.

Because of these recent incidents we urge residents to exercise extreme caution during the winter season as it’s a time that prone to disasters, which include veld fires and shack fires. The City’s Disaster risk Management Centres Charlotte Powell gave her comment on the 24th July and said the areas that are of concern are residents living in informal settlements that are in natural phenomena’s like wetlands, Masiphumelele in Fish Hoek, and areas in Khayelitsha. 
For any emergency phone 0860103089


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Jasmine Johnson-Mazwi
Bush Radio News Editor

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