Friday, January 06, 2006

Fires raze 8 000 city shacks in 2005

The latest fire in the Joe Slovo informal settlement brought the number of shacks destroyed in greater Cape Town to about 8 000 in less than a year - in nearly 2000 shack blazes.
Almost 28 000 people were left homeless. The frequent fires have cost the City of Cape Town and the province R13 million in emergency funding. This does not include costs of firefighting.

More than 100 people lost their lives last year in informal settlement fires in the greater Cape Town area. Read More

Western Cape Disaster Management said that more than R6 billion has been spent on fighting fires since the Christmas weekend. SABCnews

R6 billion could build 400, 000 fire-proof Cannabrick Homes eliminating the entire housing backlog in the Western Cape and saving the cost of disaster management.

Only government planning & delivery is holding this up.
Year of bad service and dishonesty

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