City helps victims of shack fires rebuild their lives

Cape Town's informal settlement residents who have been affected by shack fires over the past three months received emergency housing kits from the City.

According to EWN, the most recent fires occurred in Egoli, Vygieskraal and Masiphumulele.

Mayco member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen says so far they have issued 1 200 enhanced emergency kits to victims of shack fires.

The idea is to get people into structures as soon as possible so that they can start rebuilding their lives.

Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, MAYCO member for Human Settlements

It is important that people continue to practice the behavior that prevents fires.

Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, MAYCO member for Human Settlements

The housing kits consist of pine poles, roof sheets, a wooden door with hinges and a lock set, a wooden-framed window and nails.

To hear more on what the City is doing to help victims of shack fires, listen below:


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