Friday, January 13, 2006

Long walk to closure for Cape fire victims

One year after losing their homes to a horrendous blaze in Joe Slovo, residents of the temporary housing village "Tsunami" in Delft still await the light at the end of the tunnel.

After spending six months in damp and rain in Langa's makeshift tent city, the 1 600 families were moved to community halls in Delft before moving into the temporary houses.Tsunami seems an oddly appropriate name for the settlement, where the survivors of the fire that swept through their former homes spend their days in uncertainty. They also face some hostility from the surrounding community of Delft.

Nosango Jwampini has been living in the settlement since June. She is unemployed and spends much of her time at home."I'm not really sure what's going on. Nobody (among the authorities) is telling us what is happening," she said. Read More

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