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CT shacks may get new fire detection system

A local entrepreneur says he hopes to convince the City of CT to roll out a new fire detection system.

FILE: A crowdfunding campaign is underway to help raise funds to roll out the system in informal settlements. Picture: chrispreenphotography.com

CAPE TOWN - A local entrepreneur says he hopes to convince the City of Cape Town to roll out a new fire detection system, which he's championing.

The system includes an alarm that is activated by extreme heat. It then sets off other devices located within a 40 metre radius.

David Gluckman, who heads up a company called Lumkani, says a crowdfunding campaign is underway to help raise funds to roll out the system in informal settlements.

Gluckman said, "We want to raise money to actually put devices in every single house in the Wetlands; we'll be focusing now on the first 1,000 households that were destroyed to ensure that this never happens again, to the best of our ability."

The City's, Benedicta van Minnen, says they welcome any assistance in fire prevention.

"We welcome all initiatives when it comes to fire prevention. This, like a number of products on the market, is something we will certainly be looking into and see where it is applicable to assist us in managing the issue of shack fires and dangers imposed with it."

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