Concerns over fire kits distribution

Following on from a blaze that gutted six informal structures in Helen Square, Nomzamo, Cape Town, fresh concerns have been raised regarding the distribution of fire kits.

Dozens were left homeless after the fire. Proportional representative councillor, Unathi Lasithi visited the victims after the incident to hand out clothing and groceries to those affected.

He said: “The main issue in the area and many other areas within the City of Cape Town is the misinformation deliberately communicated by some councillors and leaders within communities.

“Community members are made to believe that the city has abruptly made a decision to not issue fire kits to those affected by disasters such fires. The city has no intention to do away with fire kits, but national government has halted the funds used for fire kits and it has communicated it will no longer support the issuing of fire kits through grants.”

Lasithi stated that the city’s Human Settlements Directorate has written to national government requesting funds for fire kits.

Councillor Malusi Booi, Mayoral Committee member for Human Settlements, advised that the city does the best it can to provide soft relief, enable humanitarian assistance, clear affected sites and debris for rebuilding and general assist wherever it can.

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