Man dies, 65 displaced in Cape Town fires

2012-04-07 13:05

Cape Town - One man died and 65 people were left homeless when fires tore through sections of two informal settlements outside Cape Town, the city's disaster risk management department said on Saturday.

A fire in Khayelitsha destroyed six shacks around 23:30 on Friday, leaving one man dead and 20 people displaced, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

The man who died in the blaze had not been identified yet.

The second fire in the Sweet Homes informal settlement destroyed 15 shacks leaving 45 people displaced. "The cause is undetermined," Solomons-Johannes said. The police are investigating.

The City's disaster response teams will provide humanitarian and social relief aid, he said.

  • Raj - 2012-04-07 15:31

    The disaster and risk management teams of each area was supposed to be well trained and experienced. Like safety officers within some companies, the disaster and risk management teams should be able to foresee the things that could cause danger to lives. They together with their local town councils should be looking out for factors that endanger the lives of their residents. The first place to start would be at informal settlements as there are many lives involved within a small area. The houses are too close to each other. When one shack burns a few others are destroyed with it. Each shack should be at least 15 - 20 metres apart from each other. The other risk factors are eg. Potholes, motorists try avoiding them causing accidents and damage to ones vehicle, Long and unkept grass areas as this poses danger with rodents, snakes etc causing a health hazard. Furthermore housing criminal activities. Out of order street lights, etc all of which forms part of risk management. One life is too many lost, let's not wait for something horrible to happen before one acts. I think if everyone did what they are being paid to do then this country would be a more safe place to live in. The South African Police Service had started with their visibility campaign some time ago which has given residents some sort of relief from crime. All departments should join and make our enviroment a safe and happy one to live in.

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