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Kayamandi residents rebuild homes

Locals have started rebuilding their shacks following last week’s deadly fire.

A fire destroyed shacks in Kayamandi. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Kayamandi residents who lost their shacks in last week's fire say it has been difficult rebuilding their homes.

Two people were killed in the Western Cape blaze.

At least 1,250 shacks were gutted in the blaze that displaced more than 4,000 people at the end of last week.

The Stellenbosch Municipality has provided shelter for some of the homeless residents in the two community halls.

Some locals have rebuilt their homes with the help of businesses in the area.

However, Phindiwe Panduva says she is struggling to rebuild her shack because the municipality has not delivered materials.

"I'm trying to rebuild, but I don't have enough material. I'm waiting for the municipality because it promised to give us material."

But the municipality's Vernon Bouwers says the equipment cannot be delivered all at once.

"Material will be delivered in batches from today until Saturday."

In January, three people died and 4,000 others were left homeless by a shack fire in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

The fire started in the early hours of New Year's Day.