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Land found for Khayelitsha victims

The land next to the OR Tambo Hall has been approved to build temporary homes for 300 families.

Khayelitsha shack fire victims are waiting to be helped by Home Affairs officials on 4 January 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille said on Wednesday the provincial government has given the city the green light to temporary move fire victims to a land near the OR Tambo Community Hall in Khayelitsha.

De Lille held a meeting with Local Government MEC Anton Bredell to discuss the plight of those left destitute by the New Year's day fire.

At least 4,000 people were left homeless when their shacks caught alight killing five people in Khayelitsha's BM section.

De Lille said work on the land has begun.

"We're now able to move in the bulldozers to start clearing the site so people can see that we are working on it. We still have to get authorisation from the MEC for the Bosasa site in Mfuleni."

She said this will help the people have a sense of normality in their lives.

"It's definitely a temporary relocation area that will provide accommodation to over 300 families. It will ensure that those people can't be living in the hall itself. They will move into the structures as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, some victims of the fire said their children are receiving uniform donations so that they could attend school.

Ndiphumemele Phindela's five-year-old son started grade one on Wednesday.

"I see a brighter future for him. In a few years time we'll be in a better place, not in a place like this. I want him to have the best life I can give him."