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The City of Cape Town has issued 128 building and relocation kits to families who lost their homes during the Imizamo Yethu fire which occurred over the weekend. It has affected approximately 700 residents. Read more below:

Humanitarian relief, such as hot meals, blankets and food parcels, is still being provided.

The enhanced emergency kit includes nails, poles, galvanised corrugated steel roof sheets, a door with a lockset or padlock, and a window. The City is the only metro in the country that assists residents affected by fires and floods in this manner.

All of the timber poles that are handed out as part of these kits have been treated with fire-retardant paint prior to being issued.

Various City departments have been working tirelessly to help the families of Imizamo Yethu rebuild their lives.‘We are continually looking at ways to improve the living conditions in Imizamo Yethu to benefit our residents. Currently, we are investigating the possibility of electrifying this area.

‘In addition, we remain committed to our Imizamo Yethu Phase 3 Housing project, for which the tender process is commencing in March. It is hoped that the installation of bulk earthworks and stormwater infrastructure will commence later this year. This should take approximately 18 months to complete, following which top-structure construction will commence. The top-structure construction phase will take about two years.

‘Much progress has been made and we thank the community for its support. We remain absolutely committed to the residents of Imizamo Yethu,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen.

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