HOUT BAY FIRE

R Mashego

Hout Bay residents were displaced by a fire in the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu which left them scrambling for shelter due to Covid-19 regulations closing the City of Cape Town facilities. Around 80 homes were destroyed and 300 people were displaced.

Due to Covid-19 protocols and policy, no City facility can be utilised for immediate shelter.

The City frequently used to temporarily accommodate those affected by a disaster in community halls while they rebuilt their homes. However, this has halted due to Covid-19 regulations and had not been allowed since the national state of disaster related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of those who lost their homes in the fire were left with nowhere to go.

There appears to be no plan of when they will be able to rebuild. The City no longer supplies starter kits, and while some will get donations to rebuild, others are unemployed. The better part of those affected do not have any support.

We thank the Gift of the Givers for their support and for providing hot meals to the fire victims following the blaze and 300 blankets to help the affected keep warm in the very cold weather. We also thank them for their ongoing assistance in trying to find a solution and their help to victims.