17 June 2020
MEC KHOZA PROVIDES RELIEF TO FIRE VICTIMS IN ETHEKWINI
A timely intervention by the KwaZulu-Natal government and eThekwini Municipality has aided scores of people whose homes were razed by fire in the past few days.
The fire that ripped through Malacca Road informal settlement in Redhill, Durban, in the early hours of Sunday morning left one person dead and a number of people homeless.
In a second incident, a fire breakout left a trail of destruction in eNkanini informal settlement in KwaMashu Township on Monday.
The city, working with a number of Non-Government Organisation erected temporary structures, including marquees and are providing hot meals three times a day for the affected people to cushion them from icy weather conditions.
Yesterday, affected residents in the informal settlements commenced rebuilding their homes after eThekwini Municipality delivered building material.
The arrival of a government delegation, led by Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza and eThekwini Municipality chairperson of Human Settlement and Infrastructure, Councillor Thanduxolo Sabela, brought relief to the affected residents.
There were scenes of wild jubilation and cheers when MEC Khoza detailed the Department of Social Development's plans for the affected people, including women and children.
“As a caring government, we bring the assistance as per the assignment given to us by the honourable Premier, Mr Sihle Zikalala. It is sad to note that one person lost his life due to the fire. The deceased is from Nquthu, Northern KwaZulu-Natal area. We are pleased that the city is also helping the family to transport the body to Nquthu for a funeral.
“The Department of Social Development has been on the ground with the municipality to assist the affected families. We appreciate the work done by the municipality to support and assist these affected families in all areas,” said MEC Khoza.
She urged fire victims to take care of themselves and children while the government was busy helping them to rebuild their homes. The MEC provided bags of soups, mielie-meal, blankets, foam mattresses, and emergency packs.
“All what is provided to the communities come in handy as they build their homes. There are NGOs that cook for these communities and we believe that the meals, including the hot soup, will go a long way tiwards ensuring that those affected are kept warm and have access to nutritious food during this cold weather. We are going to be handing out ⁹sanitary towels to females and nappies for children because people lost everything and some of them can't go through life without these essentials.”
MEC Khoza sent her heartfelt condolences to the family who lost their loved one in the fire.
ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY