A raging fire destroyed about 30 shacks and displaced about 70 residents in Vosho informal settlement in Khayelitsha on Sunday afternoon.
In an experiment by Stellenbosch University to see how quickly fires spread in informal settlements, 20 shacks ignited in five minutes,
Chaos seems to have erupted after two shacks were demolished by the Red Ants who were acting for the municipality.
An enterprising shack tenant in Missionvale took the opportunity to sell municipal water for R5 ‘a go’ to frustrated residents.
After a young boy from Despatch was electrocuted on Saturday, the man who made the illegal connection was forced to leave the area.
‘We want to get the attention of this municipality. But if officials don’t address us we will stop all the projects in this ward.’
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Nkandla residents tried to remove illegal connections from Endlovini informal settlement in Port Elizabeth.
‘I want to live a lifestyle which my government should have provided. I can’t wait for the government to get a swimming pool’.
The teenage daughter survived the ordeal as she was visiting her cousin when the fire broke out on Sunday 14 June.
Households relocated to Jaagvlakte in February have been waiting for electricity and water to be connected ever since.
No demolitions took place but residents of Khenana informal settlement say they were threatened and harassed.
The informal settlement, which was erected on the rail tracks on the old Philippi depot in Langa, Cape Town, is set to be dismantled.
The blaze has left over 80 people homeless, and two people were found dead after the flames were extinguished.
“He heard little voices coming from the inside”
About 30 people were displaced following a fire at the Somerset West informal settlement of Donkerbos on Monday.