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City continues to issue emergency kits to help fire victims rebuild their lives<p>Over the past three months, the City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate has issued 1 300 Enhanced Emergency Housing Kits to fire victims in various informal settlements across the City.</p><p>Residents living in Egoli, Freedom Park, Kosovo, Masiphumulele and Vygieskraal were most recently affected by fires. The City issued approximately 148 housing kits to families who lost their homes in Freedom Park, 88 kits in Kosovo, 60 kits in Vygieskraal , 59 kits in Masiphumulele and 27 kits to families in the Egoli informal settlement.</p><p>The City’s Enhanced Emergency Housing Kit consists of pine poles, galvanised corrugated roof sheets, a wooden door with hinges and a lock set, a wooden-framed window and nails. 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. </p><p>‘The City of Cape Town, with the help of supporting organisations, has been making every effort to expedite the process to ensure that the families who are affected by fires in the city are able to rebuild their lives, through the issuing of building kits and the provision of humanitarian relief. We are the only metro to distribute such kits in an effort to help our residents and will continue to do so.’</p><p>‘We are appealing to residents in informal settlements across the city to take the necessary precautionary measures to reduce the risk of fires in their community. It is important for the community to be constantly vigilant of potential fires and to allocate one person to be a lookout in case a fire starts, especially unattended fires in the area. Communities are urged to work with the City in an effort to reduce the occurrence of preventable fires and the unnecessary loss of life this festive season,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen.</p><p>Fires can be reported to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling <a><strong>021 480 7700</strong></a><strong> </strong>from a cellphone or <a><strong>107</strong></a><strong> </strong>from a landline.</p><p> <strong>End</strong><br></p>2016-12-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6;L0|#0c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6|Fire;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#e73a28e2-860b-466a-b122-bb964cc6efd9;L0|#0e73a28e2-860b-466a-b122-bb964cc6efd9|Emergency fire kits;GPP|#c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e61

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