R32 million emergency funds for Masiphumelele Fire Victims Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says the emergency provision of R32 million to the City of Cape Town (CoCT) is to ensure that residents from Masiphumelele who were severely affected during a fire in December are in the
short-term assisted with emergency building kits.
Since the emergency funds had been made available from the Western Cape Human Settlements Development Grant (WCHSDG), the CoCT has already cleared the site of all debris, prepared basic infrastructure and erected the first 10 units.
Occupancy of these units has also been taken, while access to water and sanitation facilities have also been provided.
It is estimated that between 30 and 50 structures will be erected each day, with 656 families accommodated on part of the affected site and 420 on the local sports field.
It is also envisaged that all affected residents should be in the emergency accommodation by 22 February.
As it also important to protect the wetland, which is adjacent to the land
that can be developed, this will be fenced-off to separate the waterbody from the land where the emergency structures will be erected.
This will further assist in ensuring that houses are not flooded during the winter rainy season.
Read the full statement by Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers, here