Residents of Kosovo and Khayelitsha have received council aid following two separate fire incidents that left hundreds of households affected last weekend.The first fire occurred in the informal settlement of Silver Town, Khayelitsha, in the early morning hours of Saturday 20 October. After an extensive assessment was undertaken, it was confirmed that 342 households were affected. Then, in a separate incident on Sunday 21 October, a fire occurred in the Kosovo informal settlement in Philippi where approximately 120 households were affected. “We thank our staff and contractors for their absolute commitment to assisting the affected residents in the shortest timeframes possible. We also thank the people of Cape Town for all of the support that has been offered to those who have been affected. In the last financial year, the City spent approximately R30m on emergency materials and has made significant improvements to the emergency fire kits that are issued to victims,” says Mayco member for informal settlements, water, waste services and energy, Xanthea Limberg. The enhanced kits now consist of 25 zinc sheets, 14 wooden poles which are fire-treated, three packets of nails, a door, door hinges, a window frame and a window. The materials provide immediate shelter to destitute families. “Our minds cannot comprehend the loss that these families have experienced but we are grateful that we could at least provide them with the physical materials to start rebuilding a home. The City encourages the community to be vigilant of potential fires and to work with the City in an effort to reduce the occurrence of preventable fires and the unnecessary loss of life. Donations have been pouring into the Khayelitsha Fire Station from concerned residents and the City thanks everyone for their willingness to help,” says Mayco member (East), Anda Ntsodo. “There has been an overwhelming response to calls for donations to assist the fire-affected residents. There is still a need for household items such as blankets, bedding, curtains and clothing. A huge thank you to the many residents, corporates and organisations who have stepped up and contributed to relief efforts. The drop-off points for donations are the Wynberg, Khayelitsha and Strand fire stations,” says Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews.