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#MandelaDay: NGO to paint Imizamo Yethu homes with fire resistant paint

The Thula Thula Foundation has begun work in Imizamo Yethu, painting homes with a fire resistant paint following the devastating March fire.

An image of the first new structures built in Mandela Park following the fire which swept through the area in March 2017. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – In the wake of a cold front that’s gripped most parts of South Africa, this Mandela Day the Thula Thula foundation will visit the Imizamo Yethu community whose homes were gutted by fires earlier this year.

A fire tore through thousands of homes, claiming four lives in March.

WATCH: After the fire. Hout Bay residents begin to rebuild

For those who still have their homes, the prospect of a reduced risk of losing all to fires - a regular occurrence in the area - is most welcome.

The foundation, in partnership with British American Tobacco South Africa, will paint homes with a fire resistant paint.

Residents had the opportunity to pick a colour of their choice.

HOPE IN SIGHT

Nearly two weeks ago, disgruntled residents went on a violent protest to vent frustrations with the City of Cape Town's rebuilding process in the community.

The City of Cape Town has reiterated that it is not planning to move those affected by the fire from the area.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city has a list of all registered fire-affected victims and is in the process of verifying their current location and where they originally resided.

The city is also invoking a court order it was granted on 1 June to evict illegal occupants from land meant for fire victims.

This will also ensure there is space for the construction of a new road and the installation of basic services like electricity and water, which is part of the city's redevelopment plan.

Additional reporting by Monique Mortlock.

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