Residents demand better housing

2018-04-10 06:02
Pine Road resident Maria Fillis inspects the remains of her shack that was gutted by a fire on Wednesday last week. PHOTO: Luvuyo Mjekula

Pine Road resident Maria Fillis inspects the remains of her shack that was gutted by a fire on Wednesday last week. PHOTO: Luvuyo Mjekula

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Residents of Woodstock have called on the City of Cape Town to speed up the process of providing them with decent housing in order to avoid tragic incidents and health hazards.

The residents made the call after a fire destroyed two houses and killed an eight-month-old baby in Pine Road on Wednesday 4 April.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services spokesperson Theo Layne says the baby girl sustained fatal burns in the fire that gutted a Wendy house and a shack in the early hours of the morning­.

Layne says the City’s Fire and Rescue Services responded to the incident at about 01:53.

Police are still investigating the cause of the blaze and have opened an inquest docket.

City Disaster Management officials visited the area on Wednesday and donated building materials to the affected families to rebuild their homes.

However, community leader Quinton Moos berated the City and ward councillor Dave Bryant. He says the materials provided by Disaster Management – planks and zinc sheets – are a far cry from the amount of materials that would be needed to properly rebuild the houses.

The residents went as far as to seek help from the community via Facebook.

Moos says the residents are tired of empty promises from the City.

Despite a string of meetings with authorities, nothing has come to fruition, he says.

“That’s the heartsore part. We have asked the City for electricity before, but all they do is give us empty promises. V Continued on page 4.

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