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'Layout of Masiphumelele shacks needs to change'

Two people were killed by the shack fires which also left 4,000 people displaced.

Masiphumelele residents have started rebuilding their homes that were gutted by Sunday’s fire. Picture: chrispreenphotography.com

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said the layout of shacks to be rebuilt in fire ravaged Masiphumelele needs to be changed so as to allow emergency vehicles easier access should there be further blazes.

Many residents have started rebuilding their homes that were gutted by Sunday's fire.

Two people were killed in the tragedy, 4,000 people have been displaced.

The City's Benedicta van Minnen said, "What we're going to be doing with reconstruction is working with the community to ensure that the structures are clustered in such a way that there are access points between them so that it will be a form of ring block going forward."

Masiphumelele community leader Tshepo Moletsane, said issues relating to the lay out shacks in the area have been discussed with authorities before.

"The unfortunate thing that is happening within the city is that there's no follow up, it was just raised in the boardroom but it was never being practically implemented."

At the same time, the Foschini Group will donate R50,000 and blankets to Masiphumelele residents affected by a devastating shack fire.

The Foschini Group's Mymoena Mooradd said, "Not only did we offer to donate R50,000, but also started a project called 'So Good' which empowers unemployed individuals. These individuals have produced blankets which will be donated to affected residents."