Come forward with Masiphumelele fire info – City

2016-02-13 19:00
(Picture: City of Cape Town)

(Picture: City of Cape Town)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town  The City of Cape Town has asked anyone with information regarding the most recent fire at the Masiphumelele informal settlement near Fish Hoek to come forward.

"It must also be noted that the Masiphumelele informal settlement is completely electrified. Yet, every year, a large fire occurs here," mayoral committee member for human settlements, Benedicta van Minnen, said in a statement.

"We have been acting to remove illegally erected structures in the wetland area of Masiphumelele," she added.

A fire broke out in the area on Friday, the second fire of scale in less than three months, she said.

The City's Fire and Rescue Service said the fire left approximately 600 people displaced.

Van Minnen said humanitarian assistance would be offered to residents affected by the fire, which included the offer of accommodation in the Masiphumelele Community Hall.

Possibly not accidental

This was while the site was being assessed, debris was cleared, and those affected by the fire being registered for possible further assistance.

In November, two people were found dead and thousands more lost their homes in a devastating fire that raced through the informal settlement.

"Strong, if anecdotal, evidence at this stage suggests that the November fire was possibly not accidental," said Van Minnen.

She said the informal settlement could not grow as it would become more dense and therefore more prone to fires.

"Attempted invasions will also have an effect on the City’s Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing development to the severe detriment of the legitimate beneficiaries of this development," Van Minnen said.

"We understand that the housing need is acute and we will do everything in our power to assist our vulnerable residents.".

Read more on:    cape town  |  fires

Join the conversation! 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.

Inside News24

There's an app for that: how apps have changed us

"There's an app for that" is more than just Apple's marketing mantra. Mobile apps have emerged over the last 10 years or so for practically every need in a person's day and changed our lives.

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 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.