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Gift of the Givers offers R2m aid package to Khayelitsha fire victims

The team of volunteers is working closely with the City of Cape Town’s disaster management and the SA Social Security Agency to assist affected residents.

At least one person died after a fire broke out in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, in the early hours of 20 October 2018. Picture: @NMakoba/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Non-governmental organisation Gift of the Givers has prepared a R2 million aid package for the people affected by this weekend's fire in Khayelitsha.

The team of volunteers is working closely with the City of Cape Town’s disaster management and the South African Social Security Agency to assist affected residents.

At least one person has died after a fire broke out in the region in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It's understood the blaze was fanned by very strong winds and destroyed approximately 200 structures, leaving many displaced.

The cause of the flames is still unclear.

The organisation's Imtiaz Sooliman says their teams are currently providing meals for the victims of the tragedy.

“Depending on what disaster management gives them, we will then augment that with our own building material. So, all that effectively will be far more than R2 million. We are giving them food right now, as the days go by we will see what else is necessary.”