Readying to rebuild

2017-03-28 06:03
Imizamo Yethu residents and the City are working together after the fire so that the community will be rebuilding their new structures according to the safer and serviced grids.

Imizamo Yethu residents and the City are working together after the fire so that the community will be rebuilding their new structures according to the safer and serviced grids.

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Officials of the City of Cape Town started “super blocking” Imizamo Yethu last Wednesday following a recent fire that left thousands homeless.

The fire, in which four people died, destroyed over 3500 shacks.The initial idea was to do reblocking but due to little space in the area officials opted for super blocking. Super blocking is a new plan for service delivery by the City for areas where density or other restrictive conditions do not allow for individually serviced sites. The design provides for blocks separated by roads and pedestrian or service corridors, with electrification and communal taps and toilets provided per block.

Road access, electrification, fire breaks, and fire hydrants should reduce fire risk in an area such as Imizamo Yethu, officials say.

The super blocking process started in Madiba Square with the area divided into four blocks. After the roads and walkways are marked, plots are demarcated and then fire kits are delivered.Water points have already been restored. Water, sanitation and electricity will be rolled out or provided based on super blocking, officials say.

Mayor Patricia de Lille also visited the area to inspect it. “The City hosted a community meeting with residents of Madiba Square. The City was ready to begin the process of super blocking and issuing the emergency housing kits but due to the high number of structures already erected on the land, we were prevented from doing so,” De Lille says. “During the community meeting the residents who had already erected structures agreed to remove them so that the City could start with the super blocking project.”

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