Phillippi fires ­unicity mayor-elect to visit victims

Phillippi fires ­unicity mayor-elect to visit victims

8 October 2002, Tuesday

Cape Town Unicity Mayor-elect Nomaindia Mfeketo will tomorrow (Wednesday 9 October) visit the victims of the fires of the Kosovo informal settlement in Phillippi near Cape Town.

About 175 shacks, housing about 300 people, were left without accommodation last night when a fire swept away the informal settlement.

The victims are temporarily accommodated in the Samora Machel Community Hall (OR Tambo Road off Vanguard Drive), where an ANC delegation will visit them.

Mayor-elect Mfeketo will visit the area and speak to victims. She will be accompanied by ANC Provincial Leader Ebrahim Rasool, Provincial Secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha and senior city councillors.

Social Development and Poverty Alleviation Services MEC Marius Fransman has already instructed his department to make an assessment of the needs of the victims. His department will soon be announcing emergency steps to alleviate some of the immediate hardships.

The ANC Ward (75) Councillor Andile Nkwele said members of the community woke him up at about 23h00 last night to inform him of the fires. He and other members of the community battled the whole night through to save the lives of children and mothers.

Nkwele says community members suspect that the fire started as a result of a damaged electric cord.

The ANC wishes to express its sympathy with those who have lost their precious few possessions. This once again highlights the need for proper housing, electricity and infra-structural facilities for our poor communities.

The ANC is relieved that ­ miraculously ­ no one has been injured or worse, killed!

Issued by:
ANC Western Cape Communications