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All registered fire victims have now received materials from the City to start rebuilding<p>As at this afternoon, all of the fire kits have been delivered to the registered fire-affected residents in the two affected informal settlements, Kosovo in Philippi; and Silver Town in Khayelitsha. City staff on the ground have been working non-stop to assist the fire-affected families. </p><p>The transportation and distribution of these kits, which comprise large components for dwelling structures, has been a major operation and the teams have worked hard to issue all of the kits as quickly as possible. Before the kits are delivered, the sites are cleared of debris, levelled if required and an extensive survey and verification process of the affected people is undertaken. </p><p>‘We once again would like to thank our staff and contractors for their absolute commitment to assisting the affected residents in the shortest timeframes possible. We also thank the people of Cape Town for all of the support that has been offered to those who have been affected. </p><p>‘In the last financial year, the City spent approximately R30 million on emergency materials and has made significant improvements to the emergency fire kits that are issued to victims. </p><p>‘For instance, the enhanced kits now consist of 25 zinc sheets; 14 wooden poles which are fire-treated; three packets of nails; a door; door hinges; a window frame and a window. These quality materials provide adequate and immediate shelter to destitute families. </p><p>‘What our teams have managed to achieve in this short space of time, and under extreme pressure, is significant. We could not be more grateful to our informal settlements staff and contractors on the ground for going above and beyond the call of duty to assist these residents in a time where they needed it most’, said the City’s Mayoral committee Member for Informal Settlements; Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg. </p><p>Residents are asked not to donate perishable items, especially bread, as there is no facility to store these items safely. </p><p>The City has made the Mayoral Relief Fund available and the details for donations are: Nedbank, account number 1158667043, branch code 198765, ref A009.</p><p>The South African Social Services Agency the lead agency for humanitarian assistance. </p><p>Fires can be reported to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialing 107 from a landline or 112 toll free from a cell phone.</p><p>On the upgrading of informal settlements as well as the installation of taps and toilets, and the repairs, maintenance and servicing of toilets and the City’s unique janitorial programme, more than R1,8 billion is earmarked in the medium term on informal settlements. This excludes spend on electrification.  </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-10-23T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6;L0|#0c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6|Fire;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a83e4cc6-6869-4ccb-a6ef-366f36e76fb8;L0|#0a83e4cc6-6869-4ccb-a6ef-366f36e76fb8|Informal settlement;GP0|#29c1487e-1c77-4950-afc1-136cce225109;L0|#029c1487e-1c77-4950-afc1-136cce225109|khayalitsha1

 

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