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<p><strong>By Jonk WA Mashamba</strong><br />
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>MEMBER of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Housing Cllr Mlungisi Mabaso has assessed the extent of the damage caused by a fire that broke out at Organic Market Informal Settlement, north of Johannesburg on Friday, 17 April 2020, after it swept through five shacks, displacing thirteen people. Upon being informed, MMC Mabaso headed to the area along with department officials to engage with the families and to offer support in a form of rebuilding the damaged shacks through supplying building material.</p>

<p>Red Ants were also immediately unleashed to clear the area whilst a contractor was appointed to promptly start building so that the 13 people will have a dignified roof over their heads. MMC for Community Development Cllr Margaret Arnolds, who is the oversight MMC for Region E, also joined MMC Mabaso in distributing food parcels and meals for the families that were affected by the fire blaze. “While this has caused a setback for families, we are relieved that that there was no loss of life since the fire department was able to contain the blaze from damaging more units in the informal settlement,” said MMC Mabaso.</p>

<p>“As the department, we have taken a resolution to assist the thirteen families with building material and food parcels after their structures were engulfed in fl ames. With the lockdown in full swing, we understand that some hardware stores are currently closed; making it virtually impossible for rebuilding materials to be purchased by community members. We have since appointed a contractor that is currently rebuilding the housing structures which will also allow for easy access for emergency services vehicles for any possible future accidents, “MMC Mabaso added.</p>

<p>MMC Mabaso has called on communities of shack dwellers to pay special attention to their candles, which are in most cases the main cause of fires which result in leaving many families homeless. Speaking to the media on land issues, Gauteng MEC for housing, Lebogang Maile said no one was going to be evicted during the lockdown. “But if people want to invade land, we are going to act. If there is an illegal structure that has been built in the last two hours, we are going to act. We can’t say that because it is lockdown and there is a regulation that says we must not evict people, therefore people are going to invade land in the name of lockdown.”</p>
Housing officials help fire victims

By Jonk WA Mashamba
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za

MEMBER of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Housing Cllr Mlungisi Mabaso has assessed the extent of the damage caused by a fire that broke out at Organic Market Informal Settlement, north of Johannesburg on Friday, 17 April 2020, after it swept through five shacks, displacing thirteen people. Upon being informed, MMC Mabaso headed to the area along with department officials to engage with the families and to offer support in a form of rebuilding the damaged shacks through supplying building material.

Red Ants were also immediately unleashed to clear the area whilst a contractor was appointed to promptly start building so that the 13 people will have a dignified roof over their heads. MMC for Community Development Cllr Margaret Arnolds, who is the oversight MMC for Region E, also joined MMC Mabaso in distributing food parcels and meals for the families that were affected by the fire blaze. “While this has caused a setback for families, we are relieved that that there was no loss of life since the fire department was able to contain the blaze from damaging more units in the informal settlement,” said MMC Mabaso.

“As the department, we have taken a resolution to assist the thirteen families with building material and food parcels after their structures were engulfed in fl ames. With the lockdown in full swing, we understand that some hardware stores are currently closed; making it virtually impossible for rebuilding materials to be purchased by community members. We have since appointed a contractor that is currently rebuilding the housing structures which will also allow for easy access for emergency services vehicles for any possible future accidents, “MMC Mabaso added.

MMC Mabaso has called on communities of shack dwellers to pay special attention to their candles, which are in most cases the main cause of fires which result in leaving many families homeless. Speaking to the media on land issues, Gauteng MEC for housing, Lebogang Maile said no one was going to be evicted during the lockdown. “But if people want to invade land, we are going to act. If there is an illegal structure that has been built in the last two hours, we are going to act. We can’t say that because it is lockdown and there is a regulation that says we must not evict people, therefore people are going to invade land in the name of lockdown.”

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