“God always puts something out for us” says scrap collector

Even shack fires can be an opportunity


22 February 2021

Millions of rands of housing materials dumped since 2018

Councillor blames disagreement in the community


23 November 2020

20 shacks ignited in five minutes in experiment

University fire engineering research shows that fire-resistant paint does not work


12 October 2020

Wildfires leave two dead, 100 homes in ashes

Four villages suffer losses in Nyandeni Municipality, Eastern Cape


15 September 2020

Durban fire leaves 150 people homeless and one dead

One of two serious shack fires in city in 24 hours


15 June 2020

Family of five die in shack fire

Teenage daughter survives as she was visiting her cousin at the time of the fire


15 June 2020

Relocated fire victims made unwelcome by PE homeowners

“We have suffered enough in the hall and now they want to finish us off here”


19 April 2020

Couple dies in shack fire in Kraaifontein

Wallacedene shack dwellers say they had no water to extinguish the blaze


25 February 2020

Fire victims relocated to waterlogged site

Survivors of a devastating blaze in December say the site they were relocated to is unsuitable and unserviced


12 February 2020

Four years after Masiphumele fire, survivors still live in temporary one-room shacks

About 40 families say they need to be relocated


19 November 2019

Vygieskraal fire victims want to go home

Over 60 people have been sheltering for three weeks at a community hall in Athlone


7 November 2019

Father dies trying to save son from shack fire

Mamelodi father rushes back into burning shack


2 October 2019

One dead and over 80 homeless after Strand fire

Delivery man whose car caught alight says he does not know how he will resume work


30 September 2019

Fire closes Mitchells Plain hospital

“The quick reaction time of the fire crews resulted in the fire being contained to the theater section of the hospital”


13 September 2019

How do we reduce shack fires?

City’s poorest residents use both insurance and technology to fight fires

By and

10 September 2019

Three children die in Durban fire

“I left them sleeping when I went to work”


31 July 2019