Friday, February 10, 2006

Western Cape a priority for eradication of shacks

Lindiwe Sisulu, the housing minister, says the Western Cape will be given priority in their plans and efforts to create a shack free society. Sisulu visited the Kayamandi Informal Settlement in Stellenbosch that was ravaged by a fire on Tuesday.

It is estimated that the fire left about 800 people homeless after gutting more than 200 shacks. Sisulu says she is concerned that the country has still not come up with a strategy to deal with the persistent problem of shack fires.

Department of housing has committed itself to providing housing for shack dwellers

Meanwhile urgent plans are in the pipeline to move the Joe Slovo fire victims into the first phase of the N2 Gateway project. Similar projects are expected to be launched in other vulnerable informal settlements.

Despite the troubles expereinced in tehe N2 Gateway development; government is going to reapply a failed example. SABC

Just like the fire 'starter-kit' of poles, sheet metal and plastic, every time there's a fire, residents get another flamable starter kit.

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