Nelson Mandela Bay to help fire victims

2013-01-05 08:36

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape's Nelson Mandela Bay municipality said on Friday it will help the families left homeless by an informal settlement fire.

"A multi-disciplinary task team [was established] to work together with representatives of the affected community to guide relief efforts," mayor Zanoxolo Wayile said in a statement.

On Thursday, 300 shacks were destroyed by a fire in the Chris Hani informal settlement in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, leaving about 2 000 people homeless.

"As a first priority, the municipality is providing the affected residents with temporary shelter [at the Ithembelihle and Phillip Nikiwe schools] and food.

"Victims who have health problems will be attended to. The municipality has already contacted the department of home affairs to ensure that those who have lost documentation... are issued with replacement copies."

The municipality met with the Gift of the Givers on Friday to co-ordinate efforts. The charity would provide two meals a day for affected residents, until Monday, and build 100 shelters.

  • tshireletso.molobi.1 - 2013-01-05 08:55

    Atleast those ppl who have lost their homes wil b helped

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-05 09:06

    hahahahaaa no surprise 2014 elections is arround the corner whos fooliong who

      rodney.louis.7 - 2013-01-05 09:42

      @rollingstone .. atleast they are providing relieve .. lets applaud them

      Chris - 2013-01-05 09:45

      its a a NGO that is driving the iniative

      dave.abner.56 - 2013-01-05 10:48

      I agree Chris. I do not see one thing which the NMBM is actually doing, they are merely allowing charities and government organisations to do their work.

  • debduplessis - 2013-01-05 09:57

    what happened to the free electricity ... paraffin is not supposed to be necessary anymore -- isn't this what we pay exorbitant Rate & Taxes for?

  • - 2013-01-05 11:08

    Just give them exactly what they had before the fire

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