Imizamo Yethu fire is the worst in our history - City

CapeTalk's Breakfast Show broadcasting live from Hout Bay following this weekends devastating fire that left 15 000 people displaced in Imizamo Yethu.

Capetonians and the business community have been asked to assist by donating supplies to help those who have been displaced. The Hout Bay Sport's Centre is now a designated drop off point.

According to Charlotte Powell, Head of Public Awareness and Preparedness - Disaster Risk Management Centre, 3 500 structures have been destroyed by the fire, leaving 15 000 without homes.

She described the incident as one of the worst and most devastating in recent history. Powell confirmed that three people have lost their lives in the fire.

The City is working tirelessly to ensure that electricity and water supply are restored and the place is cleared so that residents can start rebuilding, says Powell.

There are tents and other temporary structures provided to assist those displaced by the fire.

Listen below to hear from this conversation:

At the same time, Hout Bay residents have reflected on how they have been affected by the fire.

Local, Andrew, says he has had to take in his daughter after her home was burnt down in the blaze.

He explains that all the residents have worked together to support each other.

All of us helped the people.

Andrew, Hout Bay resident

Take a listen to Andrew and a 15-year-old boy whose home was also razed to the ground:

Listen below about how to help and what other companies have done to play their part:


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