Hout Bay residents still in limbo 9 months after deadly blaze

The City of Cape Town’s ambitious plan to reblock the fire-ravaged area has proved an uphill battle.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille in Imizamo Yethu to switch on power in Disa and Pipetrack, temporary relocation areas for families affected by the March fire. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Nine months after a devastating shack fire hit Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, hundreds of affected residents are still in limbo.

Four people died, and thousands were left homeless following the blaze that ripped through the township in March.

The City of Cape Town’s ambitious plan to reblock the fire-ravaged area has proved an uphill battle marred by delays in tender processes, violent protests by disgruntled residents and court battles.

About 360 families, who were affected by the fire on 11 March, are currently staying in corrugated iron shacks in two temporary relocation areas in Imizamo Yethu, namely Disa and Depot.

They will stay until the city has completed the reblocking, which will see new roads and pathways being built on the fire-ravaged land.

Mayor Patricia de Lille on Friday switched on the electricity in Disa.

“People have been waiting a while for the electricity. At least now for the holidays, they will have electricity in their homes. It’s part of an upgrade in Imizamo Yethu.”

Residents, like Nozipho Peter, are happy to finally have this service after nine months of being powerless.

“We were using prima stoves for cooking.”

Electricity will be switched on in the Depot area next week.

WATCH: Imizamo Yethu families get electricity 9 months after deadly blaze

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)