Winelands fire leaves 3 000 homeless

2013-03-15 22:11

Johannesburg - More than 3 000 people were left homeless after about 800 shacks were destroyed by a fire in Kayamandi, near Stellenbosch on Friday, disaster management services said.

"Stellenbosch municipality is being assisted by the provincial government - the social development department - in providing food and disaster housing kits," it said in a statement.

"One meal has already been dispensed and another will be provided towards evening."

Destitute families were staying with family and friends, while others stayed at the community hall.

"From tomorrow onwards the social relief of distress unit will be in charge of food provision.

"Special attention is given to the needs of babies and children.

"Critical to the smooth running of the whole process is the registration and verification of the victims.

"This process has already started and will hopefully be concluded by Friday night or early Saturday morning."

Earlier, international news agency Agence France-Presse reported that two people died in the fire.

"We had two fatalities," Stellenbosch fire chief Leon Morta told the agency.

"We suspect that it was a candle that overturned but obviously there will be a proper investigation that will determine the cause of the fire."

  • Gerhardus Windpomp - 2013-03-15 23:05

    how do you fit 3000 people into 800 shacks?

      Jan Van Riebeeck - 2013-03-15 23:12

      Not hard windpompie. Did you not go too school?

      Yeu Chicks - 2013-03-16 00:45

      its amazing the ratio but tell you what its true. i saw it with my own two eyes

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-03-16 06:22

      So,its 4.something people per shack normal i would say..

      Timothy Whyte - 2013-03-16 10:22

      Home affairs (anc) needs to rush out and give these voters (illegals) id's and birth certificates almost immediately like they did in the last shack fires in cpt.

      Yanga Maroloma - 2013-03-16 16:01

      Some of these shacks are as big as your house. Have you ever see a shack b4 phofu??!

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2013-03-15 23:58

    Sad living conditions,not to sound rude but where i come from(VENDA) there is no such thing as shack houses because people there really take education seriouly and i will tell you why,it is because the government dont really take them seriously(in terms of service delivery) so we get to work hard and hence we are more independent(you will never see us protesting for houses and toilets),i think people should stop being allergic to books and stop expecting everything from the government.VIA education can solve many problems

      Phillie Jansen van Vuuren - 2013-03-16 00:06

      @Konanani Wow what a positive outlook If only all South Africans could read your comment "to stop expecting everything from government" Wish I could give you a thousand thumb ups

      thin.king.965 - 2013-03-16 05:53

      What a fantastic attitude. If we can have just 1 million people like you - we will turn this country around

  • popza.nzama - 2013-03-16 03:15

    It is very sad for these people who have nothing to suffer like this.It is as if they are sub-human.It is high time that these people avoid this cycle of poverty by re-organising their lives.

  • carel.merwe.7 - 2013-03-16 07:07

    Jagiso you knob...

  • Altus Kirsten - 2013-03-16 07:13

    Kagiso, at least they earn R105 a day. The alternative is R0 a day. I would say having a job is better than nothing. Get it? Majority of wine farms are now harvesting with machines that replace 30 workers. Stop blaming farmers and start thanking them for food on your table. If farmers start to exit SA, you will start begging then to return when loaf of bread costs a R100. However, I guess I am speaking to a wall here....

      Pumbaa Soyizwapi - 2013-03-16 08:22

      The fact that they're still living in shacks shows that they don't earn that much... But you're right, we shudnt really be blaming farmers @ a time like this.

      Mammalian - 2013-03-16 08:35

      Pumbaa, i agree that no person should have to live in shacks without proper water heat and toilet facilities, BUT life is ssadly not fair and you cannot magically uplift a nation overnight. W as residents of Stellenbosch all know good honest working people who lost their homes yesterday, its tragic, but Has little to do with farmers, who also have huge expenses, and pressure from buyers to keep prices low. Its an ompossible situation,

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-03-16 07:25

    These are the same people that burnt down the wine farms in January on instructions from the anc and shall reap what you sow!

      Mammalian - 2013-03-16 08:39

      These people- no actually theyre not, if you pick up a map and newspaper from the cape you will see kayamandi had few wage protests, and those who were involved were a minority. 'these people' you speak of by throwing them all together, how can you state that you will reap what you sow? Our employee who is an increibly honest hardworking young man lost his home yesterday, his friends lost their homes, two people lost their lives, but yes you have to politicise everything. Spare a moment for those people who lost everything yesterday, many of whom are working parents who only want to provide for their children. What a chump you are. I hope you dont treat all people with such callous disregard, you certainly will be a bitter lonely old man.

      Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-16 08:52

      Eish Peter, you are an idiot with a big S plus H

  • charl.c.christensen - 2013-03-16 07:40

    Kagiso. You obviously still have a lot of hatred stuck inside. One word of advice. Don't bargain on any political party to bail you out. You are guaranteed dissapointment. The "europeans" are here to stay and they will be successful irrespective of who rules the country. It's a matter of attitude.

  • Pumbaa Soyizwapi - 2013-03-16 08:24

    Why insult ppl with your comments? No1's gna listen to your point if u begin by insulting them... I rate

  • Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-16 08:30

    Only through one tik-kop or a wyn-kop!

  • Timothy Whyte - 2013-03-16 08:39

    Hey BOOI ,, the anc does not govern the Western Cape so get over anc tendencies you blerry agent a$$wipe

      Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-16 10:28

      Very soon they will!!

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-03-16 09:55

    Kagiso booi. Your the biggest idiot...shame must be hard.

      Nizole Middle-Finger Khala - 2013-03-16 10:26

      Wildbok just stand infront of the mirror and look at yourself!!

  • Chelsea Jones - 2013-03-16 11:39

    Stellenbosch is in Cpt not Jhb!!

  • Martin Brink - 2013-03-16 11:40


      Irené Laskowska-de Beer - 2013-03-16 13:06

      for what? another ijiot who confuses the winelands and somehow thinks all people in the WC work or own farms. the majority of Kayamandi workforce work in town or CPT, not farms only... Wait for the day that something crap happens to uyou and people's only reply is 'Karma?' We know many good families who've been affected by this terrible fire so rather STFU if youre gonna gloat in other peoples suffering.

  • Tami Wilford Gerber - 2013-03-16 14:49

    Can anyone please let me know who I can contact to donate some clothes & blankets for the homeless at Kyamandi?

      Willemien van Wyk - 2013-03-16 14:56

      You can drop off at the Fire brigade opposite the Simonsrust shopping centre - they have a dedicated room where people are dropping off and sorting donations.

  • Tami Wilford Gerber - 2013-03-16 14:51

    Can anyone please let me know who I can contact in order to donate clothes & blankets to the homeless at Kyamandi?

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