Govt to 'restructure' informal settlements after multiple fires
A spate of shack fires in Johannesburg recently has left hundreds of people destitute.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo says government is working to restructure and organise informal settlements in the province following a spate of shack fires that left hundreds of people destitute.
On Sunday, a delegation of government of officials visited various communities affected by fires, including Alexandra and Cleveland.
Last week over 50 families were left displaced in Alexandra when a blaze gutted through their homes.
Hundreds more shacks were destroyed in a fire in Kya Sand last week as well.
Mamabolo says the overcrowding of informal settlements is putting a lot of lives at risk.
"We need to take control of the human factor in the informal settlements by re-ordering the current arrangements in informal settlements and re-configure the way they're structured."
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