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Khayelitsha fire victims continue with rebuilding efforts

One person died and more than 2,300 were displaced after a blaze swept through a section of Town Two on Saturday.

The City of Cape Town distributes building materials to affected families on 22 October following a shack fire. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

KHAYELITSHA - Rebuilding continues following a devastating fire in Khayelitsha.

One person died and more than 2,300 were displaced after a blaze swept through a section of Town Two on Saturday.

In another fire that day, 1,400 were left homeless in Kosovo, Philippi.

Although it is a blistering 34°C in Khayelitsha on Monday, many residents are hard at work rebuilding structures they lost in Saturday’s fire.

Silver corrugated iron shacks are slowly springing up on the sandy patch of land, with residents using the starter kits provided by the City of Cape Town.

A well-known supermarket has set up a soup kitchen, handing out cups of soup and bread to residents while relief organisation Gift of the Givers is handing out water.

Lebohang Mabi lived in a two-bedroom structure with her two children, three siblings, and their mother. Mabi says she didn’t even have time to grab her children’s birth certificates before the fire gutted their home.

“We were up standing on the road, watching the fire [and] trying to help others to get things out but the wind and the fire were too much.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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