Following the fire, a registration process was done to ensure that
the legitimate fire-affected residents received building kits and were catered
for in the redesign of the fire-affected area, Van Minnen says.
The prepared site was divided into large blocks so that the City’s
human settlements directorate could do partial above-ground reblocking, which is
a way to group structures to ease basic services and emergency access.
“Firebreaks were also installed. The new design of the
fire-affected area could accommodate all of the registered and validated
fire-affected residents,” Van Minnen says.
“While we understand the great need for housing opportunities, the
proliferation of informal settlements has a devastating effect on
sustainability, safety and service provision.”
The community should play the biggest role in preventing the
construction of illegal structures, as these illegal structures are
“jeopardising the future development potential of the area”, she says.
“The more structures that are allowed, the less space there will be