Photo of three men in burned ruins

Angry residents stone fire engines for “being late”

Phumani Village residents say firefighters arrived after the community already had control of the blaze

By Thembela Ntongana - 1 March 2017
Photo of fire aftermath

Langa shack fire may have started because man tried to keep warm

"This is the third time that I have lost my shack to a fire. Everything of mine is destroyed." - resident

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 15 August 2016
Photo of man in his brother's burned shack.

Gugulethu man dies in shack fire

Brother says cooking oil over-heated

By Bernard Chiguvare - 30 May 2016
Photo of a shack fire

Outsmarting shack fires

Four fires a day are reported in informal settlements. Reblocking might curb the devastation.

By Mary-Anne Gontsana - 12 February 2016

Dozens of fire victims still destitute in Masiphumelele

“No number” residents fear they will never get a house

By Thembela Ntongana - 4 February 2016
Photo of people cleaning up after fire in Imizamo Yethu.

Yet another devastating fire in Imizamo Yethu

Yesterday's fire follows the ones of 12 November and 26 December

By Ashleigh Furlong - 2 February 2016
Photo of aftermath of fire in Masiphumelele.

‘City lied about land’ claim Masiphumelele leaders

Many people without land are still living in the community hall following last year’s fire

By Steve Kretzmann - 21 January 2016

“Smoke was coming from the room where my children were sleeping”

Yesterday's fires left more than a hundred Capetonians homeless.

By Siyavuya Khaya - 13 January 2016

Fire in Langa destroys dozens of homes

A fire in an informal settlement in Langa earlier today destroyed dozens of shacks, leaving many homeless.

By Masixole Feni - 12 January 2016

Fire leaves over 50 homeless in Khayelitsha

Residents of BT section in Site B Khayelitsha lost their homes and belongings after a fire hit the area late afternoon yesterday. Many do not know where they will sleep tonight.

By Thembela Ntongana - 8 January 2016