Jika Joe Fire Victims to wait three months for homes

2014-09-03 00:00

VICTIMS of the Jika Joe fire will have to wait for at least three months to have a roof over their heads.

Human Settlements and Public Works MEC Ravi Pillay said yesterday that the R16,6 million interim housing units would be completed in the next three months.

“The interim units are intended for fire victims. They will have toilets and showers. We want to see a healthy community with proper accommodation. Our vision is that we don’t want to see people living in risky conditions. We are determined to get rid of informal settlements,” Pillay said.

He added that over 1 000 permanent residential units would also be built, but could not say when the project would start.

Jika Joe resident Nkosingphile Mhlongo, who lost all her belongings in the blaze, said not all of their concerns were addressed.

“They should bring the South African Social Security Agency because our social grant cards were burnt,” Mhlongo said as she entered the tent she shares with three other residents.

“When it’s raining, these tents leak. It’s cold. My child will get sick,” she said.

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