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City of CT does groundwork for Masiphumelele residents after fire

Most residents lost all their belongings and donations for them have started pouring in.

Two people died and at least 4,000 others have been left displaced following Masiphumelele shack fire on 29 November 2015. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has begun removing the charred remnants of shacks razed by a fire in Masiphumelele to allow residents to rebuild.

Two people died and at least 4,000 others were displaced after a blaze destroyed their dwellings yesterday.

Most residents lost all their belongings and donations for them have started pouring in.

Community leader Tshepo Moletsane says the municipality is trying to deal with the situation.

"It's always a problem that people want to go back to where they were residing before. It's a challenge [because] materials have not been delivered yet, but I believe the City is trying to clean the whole area before all the material can be delivered."

Three other people were killed in fires in Langa and Athlone since Friday.

PICKING UP THE PIECES

Masiphumelele residents are expected to start rebuilding their homes tomorrow.

The city's Benedicta van Minnen says, "We are still cleaning the site. Human Settlement has been verifying the list of people who have been affected, which will allow them to deliver the emergency kits."

Moletsane says residents welcome any form of assistance.

"People have lost everything. Anything that can assist them, we'd really appreciate it. Anything that can be donated, we would really appreciate it - so that people go back to their normal lives again."

LISTEN: An update on the fire situation at Masiphumelele