Monday, April 18, 2022

CT's Disaster Risk Management Centre and Informal Settlements Management confims 260 structures destroyed & 767 displaced in Langa fire

The City of Cape Town says 260 structures were destroyed in the Joe Slovo informal settlement, after a fire ravaged through the Langa area on Saturday. The City says 767 individuals are affected.

The announcement comes after the Disaster Risk Management Centre and Informal Settlements Management completed the registration process.

This number is lower than the initial estimates, which was 300 structures and 1 200 people.

‘’City services have been on the ground since just after 18:00 on Saturday evening – minutes after the Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the incident,’’ said Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Eddie Andrews.

‘’It has been challenging, but I commend everyone who has had a hand in extinguishing the fire and ensuring that no lives were lost, and who have been on scene around the clock since, to provide support and relief to the residents who have lost everything,’’ added Andrews.

The Deputy Mayor says the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and Gift of the Givers will continue to provide humanitarian assistance in the form of meals and sanitary packs, and the City’s Water and Sanitation Department is delivering 10 chemical toilets to the site on Monday.

Andrews says the Solid Waste Department has not been able to clear the fire debris yet, as some residents have started to rebuild their structures.

‘’While emergency shelter was made available at a local church hall, the demand has been very low, as most individuals prefer to stay with friends or relatives.’’

‘’A faith-based organisation has offered school stationery and clothing, to be delivered by the the end of the week, and a local church has opened its doors to women and children during the day,’’ he added.

The municipality has made donation points available where residents who have the means can donate blankets, non-perishable food, disposable nappies, baby food, sanitary items and other materials.

Donations can be dropped off at:

·        The Urban Rural Development (083 521 0328), City of Cape Town Housing Department, cnr. Langalibalele Drive and Lerotholi Avenue, Langa

·        Mustadafin Foundation (076 422 1667), corner of Heide and Antelope Court, Bridgetown.

‘’The City extends its gratitude to members of the public who have heeded the call to assist Langa residents in their time of need. The administration will continue to do everything within its power to help those affected by this devastating incident to get back on their feet,’’ said Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Eddie Andrews.


PICTURE - CoCT: Aerial view of the extent damages caused at Joe Slovo Informal Settlement, Langa

Done By: Mitchum George

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