Call to help Kya Sands fire victims

By Drum Digital
12 November 2015

The fire is believed to have been caused by an exploded gas tank, and spread due to strong winds throughout the entire informal settlement.

By Ayanda Sitole

It is estimated that more than 2 000 shacks were burnt down in Kya Sands on Wednesday 11 November, leaving hundreds of people homeless at the Msawawa informal settlement in Johannesburg.


Humanitarian aid organisation, Gift of the Givers, was on the scene last night distributing food and blankets to thousands of displaced people. The organisation says a special tent is being prepared for students who lost their homes to come and study quietly in the exam period. However, it has not been determined how many students have lost valuable information in the form of textbooks and school work in the fire.


The organisation is asking for donations from the public in the form of: blankets, clothes, baby clothes, towels, linen, various food items, bottled water, baby milk powder, sanitary pads, disposable nappies, plastic utensils (plate, bowl, cup, spoon), bin bags and hygiene items.

It is evident that the residents want to rebuild their homes immediately, and donations will be appreciated of building material including corrugated sheeting, timber and plastic sheeting of whatever quantity

Items can be dropped off at Lifestyle Image Centre in Fordsburg or a cash contribution can be made. Those who wish to assist can contact

Gauteng Emergency Services have not yet confirmed how many people were injured in the incident.

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