R1.7m set aside for Durban fire victims

2012-04-05 14:37
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

GALLERY: Durban fire

A fire in the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban destroyed 300 houses and left hundreds of residents homeless on Tuesday evening.

Durban - The eThekwini municipality has set aside R1.7m for the victims of a fire that destroyed 176 shacks in Kennedy Road informal settlement, Durban, a government spokesperson said on Thursday.

"The provincial government has started supplying building material to assist residents to rebuild their dwellings after a fire engulfed the area on Tuesday night," eThekwini municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said.

Mofokeng said the cause of the fire was not known at this stage.

Two people were treated for minor injuries.

Human settlements and public works MEC Ravi Pillay, Mayor James Nxumalo and eThekwini human settlements committee chairperson Nigel Gumede visited the area on Wednesday to assess the extent of the damage.

Victims of the fire were being housed in a local community hall.

Read more on:    durban  |  fires

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.