FIRE

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Knysna fire victims blame slow response for tragedy

SANParks manager says gale force winds made the situation untenable

By Joseph Chirume - 2 November 2018
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Residents struggle to rebuild after shack fire in East London

100 homes destroyed and 350 people displaced in Kwinana informal settlement

By Chris Gilili - 1 November 2018
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Firefighters protest in Cape Town

“We seek nothing other than getting paid for the hours we work,” says union leader

By Vincent Lali - 26 October 2018
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Over 800 people homeless after Vrygrond fire

309 homes destroyed in Overcome Heights informal settlement

By Bernard Chiguvare - 26 October 2018
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Khayelitsha fire victims battle to put their lives together again

Baby born in church hall

By Vincent Lali - 25 October 2018
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Kosovo fire victims slowly rebuild their lives

City of Cape Town fire kits supplied to 98% of those affected

By Bernard Chiguvare - 24 October 2018
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Day care centre rebuilt after fire – for the fifth time

“I just need the municipality to assist me rebuild,” says principal

By Chris Gilili - 19 October 2018
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Ten-year-old boy rescues mother, cousin from shack fire

But his infant nephew died in the blaze which left 70 people homeless

By Peter Luhanga - 16 October 2018
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SASSA ignores fire victims for six months

Despite being notified of the disaster SASSA has done nothing for the 12 families in Wallacedene who lost everything in a fire

By Vincent Lali - 21 August 2018
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Land occupiers raise funds for fire victim, water installations, gravel roads

City of Cape Town criticises illegal water connections at Khayelitsha land occupation

By Vincent Lali - 20 August 2018
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Fire leaves scores homeless in East London

Victims of the fire were waiting to be moved to formal housing

By Chris Gilili - 9 August 2018
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Shack fire victims “dumped” at church

Eight families have been sharing a one-room shack for three weeks after fire destroyed their homes

By Nokulunga Majola - 30 July 2018
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Homeless and hopeless after fire ravages Good Hope

“Why are people still living here despite the countless promises to move them?” asks activist

By Nation Nyoka - 5 July 2018
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Five children die in Philippi fire

Nearest tap was hundreds of metres away

By Bernard Chiguvare - 3 June 2018
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First year firefighter rises to the top

Amiena Pillay received the award for Best Seasonal Firefighter from the City of Cape Town

By Eryn Scannell - 4 May 2018
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Mother tells of her child’s death in shack fire

Family unable to afford funeral for nine-year-old

By Thembela Ntongana - 8 March 2018