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Rebuilding Imizamo Yethu will cost R100m – City of Cape Town

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Wreckage following devastating fires in Imizamo Yethu informal settlement.
Wreckage following devastating fires in Imizamo Yethu informal settlement.

The City of Cape Town has stated that redesigning and rebuilding Hout Bay’s Imizamo Yethu informal settlement is likely to cost close to R100m after the devastating fire fed by strong winds on 11 and 12 March.

“The redesign will allow us to install firebreaks, pedestrian walkways, and other access to basic and emergency services which we have not been able to do previously due to the density of this settlement,” explained Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson.

The fire killed four people and displaced some 7 300, many of whom are being given temporary accommodation in three community halls and two marquee tents.

“An environmental health practitioner is on site daily to inspect the living quarters, ablutions, water provision, and the main kitchen at the fire station where two meals per day are being prepared for the beneficiaries,” Neilson said.

Source: News24

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