New homes for fire victims

2016-02-09 06:00
 New temporary homes have been constructed for Masiphumelele fire victims, while they await permanent space in sites D and E. PHOTO: nicole mccain

New temporary homes have been constructed for Masiphumelele fire victims, while they await permanent space in sites D and E. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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The Masiphumelele fire victims housed in the community hall are being moved into new temporary homes. The City of Cape Town has provided about 35 homes for 80 residents.

Community representatives estimated about 250 victims were housed in the hall, despite an assessment by the City that claimed that up to 82 residents were accommodated in the hall where they were receiving humanitarian relief, including food (“Many still living in hall”, People’s Post, 26 January).

An extra 350 to 400 people sought accommodation with relatives or on land close by, community members estimate.

At a recent subcouncil meeting, chairperson Felicity Purchase confirmed the residents had been housed in the hall following the illegal construction of homes on land cleared after the fire.

Some residents built informal homes larger than the space allocated or moved in during a land grab, leaving others without space to build their homes.

The temporary homes have been erected on land cleared for the next phase in the City’s housing development, explains Purchase. It is estimated that the tender will be advertised in the middle of the year and that construction will take two years.

In the meantime, non-compliant structures built on sites D and E will be reduced in size to make space permanently for the displaced fire victims, she says.

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