Shack Fires

NGOs Assist Victims of Shack Fires

The City of Cape Town says the 68 people left destitute after their homes were gutted in two separate fires on 28 January 2015 have been assisted by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and are temporarily staying with friends and family.

NGOs - Historical Disadvantaged Individuals and the Mustadifin Foundation - provided blankets and hot meal to the 50 people who were left homeless after fire destroyed 12 shacks in the Bo-Kaap informal settlement.

Sustainable Solutions Needed to Prevent Shack Fires

There are very few things more important than having a safe place to stay. However, for many shack dwellers, their homes are places to die due to fires that regularly destroy their lives, homes and belongings. Numerous reports of shack fires punctuate our newspapers and radio shows. Media consumers express temporary shock, debates abound, but sustainable solutions are in short supply.

Serving our Life Sentence in the Shacks

People all over South Africa have been asking the leaders of Abahlali baseMjondolo why the government continues to ignore the demands of shack dwellers. They have been asking why, after all the marches, statements, reports and meetings, the Kennedy Road settlement continues to get burnt down through endless shack fires. They have been referring in particular to the recent Kennedy Road shack fire on 4 July 2010 that took four lives, leaving more than 3 000 people displaced and homeless.

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