Monday, May 01, 2006

Housing is a problem in Cape Town - Build your own home!

With undelivered houses - wind ripping off the roofs of RDP houses, it is clear housing needs to be resolved. With the fire victims demonstrating their frustration, by invading houses - it is clear the government can't address every one's housing issue - and thus you MUST build your own home.

Homeless people invade N2 Gateway flats

Metro police officials forcibly removed about 30 Joe Slovo informal settlement residents who invaded eight flats of the N2 Gateway Project following a fire that left about 200 people homeless in the area on Sunday.In total, 83 flats were damaged after doors were broken and windows smashed during an attempt by the fire victims to put their belongings in a safe place, according to authorities.Metro Police spokesperson, Kevin Maxwell, said no one had been arrested.

Howling winds tear off roofs, fan devastating shack fires

The fire department in Paarl in the Boland had their hands full yesterday with numerous calls from Groenheuwel and Smartie Town residents, reporting that the roofs of their RDP houses had been blown off.

Shack fires cost Cape millions

The large number of devastating fires in informal settlements has forced an increase of almost R5-million in the Western Cape social services budget for disasters this financial year.

A statement by the City of Cape Town indicates that there were nearly 2 000 fires in informal settlements last year. More than 8 000 homes had already been destroyed by December 13 and about 28 000 people had been left destitute.Last week alone 95 shacks burnt down in Masiphumelele, displacing about 120 families, and more than 300 shacks were razed in Khayelitsha.

And on Tuesday one person died in a fire in an informal settlement in Kuils River. Police spokesperson Randall Stoffels said about 100 dwellings were destroyed.

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