Rebuilding Imizamo Yethu may take as long as 2 years

Hundreds of people left homeless by a massive fire in March are still living in temporary homes provided by the City of Cape Town.

Imizamo Yethu residents protested against the City of Cape Town's super-blocking plans and called for access to electricity, water and sanitation on 15 August 2017. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An Imizamo Yethu community leader claims it will take as long as two years for a reconstruction programme in the area to be completed.

The first phase of the project launched after a massive fire in March is done and dusted.

Hundreds of people left homeless by the blaze are still living in temporary homes provided by the City of Cape Town.

A process called 'super-blocking' is still underway as part of the reconstruction plan. It's aimed at reconfiguring pathways, roads and homes in fire-ravaged parts of Imizamo Yethu.

Some areas have been reconnected with electricity.

But many locals have grown impatient, leading to sporadic protests.

Community leader, Lungisa Bezile said: “They’ve actually opposed the super-blocking. They have interrupted and even chased away the constructors, including the City of Cape Town and some of the leaders who were in that area. They were chased away and intimidated by this group of people.”

City bosses have repeatedly appealed to residents for patience as the programme needs to be done properly.