250 homeless after Cape Town fires

2012-11-24 10:19

Cape Town - Two hundred and fifty people were left homeless in Cape Town after two fires wrought havoc in the early hours of the morning, the city’s disaster management centre said on Saturday.

 In the first incident, a fire gutted 60 informal structures at the Overcome Heights informal settlement in Seawinds, spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

“The fire caused devastation and 240 people are left homeless.  The fire also damaged the overhead electricity infrastructure that caused an interruption in the power supply.”

Solomons-Johannes said technicians were working to restore service in the area.
In the second incident, a fire destroyed six shacks at the Doornbach informal settlement near Milnerton.  Ten people were displaced by the blaze.
There were no injuries in either of the incidents. No persons sustained any injuries in both fire incidents.

“At this stage it is unclear what caused these fires - however the authorities will [begin] an investigation,” Solomons-Johannes said.
The city provided victims with food, clothing, blankets and building materials.

  • Ayanda Welcome Sibisi - 2012-11-24 10:44

    Zille doesnt care...he only cares abt president zuma's lifestyle...i hope he will mary u

      fpstevens - 2012-11-24 10:56

      Next time read the Article before commenting -Cape Town "The city provided victims with food, clothing, blankets and building materials." -Lenasia ANC Breaks down houses and Malema shows up and tells them what a shame it is.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-24 11:00

      Hmm This explains the callouses on her hands. From holding the hammer when she helped building those shacks and twisting the wire ends for the illegal electrical connections. All this instead of spending most of her time arguing with the racist ANC government about their inability to finalise budgets and the allocation for suitable land to build houses. I agree with your opinion about Zuma, he is chauvinistic enough when it comes to ordering woman to marry him. To get the Extra Training.....

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 11:51

      Poor misguided Ayanda, Zooma's little lap dog. Wait, you know what happens to dogs when there is no food left for Master to eat?

      tilly.vanoudtshoorn - 2012-11-24 12:14

      To think that such great intelligence will one day perish!!!

      avanwyk2 - 2012-11-24 12:23

      Do you know that Zille is not a man

  • Ayanda Welcome Sibisi - 2012-11-24 10:46


  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-24 11:05

    Stop using paraffin stoves, and maybe the fires will stop. Time they got the homes they were promised years ago.

      Alice - 2012-11-24 11:29

      Trust me millions of the ppl from Transkei got those homes built fir them in various areas such SA Khayelitsha, Delft, Dunoon, Joe Slovo( near Milnerton), near poolsmore, Imizamo-Yethu , Phillipi, Samora- Machel, Langa , New Rest,Strand, etc the list is endless. They build loads of houses for them but problem is corruption. These ppl sell those houses and go back to livi in their shacks in order to start again registering for another RDP house. This won't stop unless proper measures of clamping and well- documented stats are taken into consideration.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 11:43

      Where would they get electricity from Carolyn? Should they perhaps take out an access bond or cut back on the private violin lessons?

  • phumlane.mambane.3 - 2012-11-24 12:07

    When is Zille ever gonna get rid of the shacks in the western cape?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-24 12:24

      When Zooma stops stealing.

      daphne.moreira - 2012-11-24 12:24

      Maybe when people stop moving in from other provinces where the situation is even worse?

  • Alice - 2012-11-24 12:49

    Why are the blacks commenting over here blaming Zille for all the scourge of homeless and burning shacks in WP. I really don't get it. Why aren't the real black Cape Tonians complaining? that is because most of them don't dwell in those shacks but ppl living in them are ppl from EC province. If they never flocked to WP for greener pastures and put pressure to their ANC mafia's to provide proper housing, electricity, sanitation, good health care and education system for them in their province none of this was gonna happen.

      Alice - 2012-11-24 13:29

      Luzuko, uyavakala Bhuti . My question is: is it too late for our Gov to invest in that province? I don't think so. U Zuma uyazama nge Zumaville yakhe but unyathelwa ezithendeni. Zakutheni U Mbeki no Mandela bangenzi into efanayo EMaxhoseni? Bobabini basuka pha, yinto ezothiwani naye. Inzima inene.

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  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-24 13:45

    The DA is failing the black ppl of the western cape....only focusing on its white elite members staying in Cape Town......

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-11-24 13:56

    DA is failing the Black ppl of the Western Cape....

  • mncedisipride.blakfesi - 2012-11-24 14:40

    The problem of the fires on those squater camp is more national than provincial.Although it is not always easy to detect and an authentic proof is always needed,but one can somehow notice that unemployment, greed and ruthlesness with desregard of other people's lives and properties can be the cause.That is,those who are unemployed and make a living by building and selling ready made shacks can also add to this problem as suspects.As it is the case with tow trucks owners who are suspected of throwing oil at the intersections and murder rate at the places where there is/are funeral palours.This is just an honest oppionion supported by mere consideration of the timing of these fires every year.These allegations or suspicions can only serve as proof when thorouhg investigations has been conducted as people will never come forward with what they know for fear of being victimised.

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