Raging blaze leaves 30 CT families homeless

23 12 2010
2010-12-22 07:24:05.0 | Unathi Obose – SowetanA 35-YEAR-OLD man burnt to death during a fire that destroyed 10 shacks in Cape Town’s Samora Machel informal settlement late on Monday.

The fire is thought to have started at a local meat stall and allegedly left 30 families homeless.

Resident Busiswa Joni, 19, said the fire started at a local meat stall and quickly spread to the shack behind it.

“We tried to extinguish the blaze using water and sand but could not because of the strong wind,” Joni said. Read the rest of this entry »


Media: Government blamed as fire razes 80 shacks

9 12 2010

Side note: this was an Abahlali baseMjondolo statement, not an AEC statement.

December 08, 2010 Edition 2
Zara Nicholson – Cape Times

A DEVASTATING fire has razed about 80 shacks in QQ-Section in Site B, Khayelitsha.

Residents and community leaders said last night its cause was unknown.

Fire and Rescue spokesman Theo Layne said they were called out to the scene just before 7pm yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

Solidarity: Urgent Press Statement on the Right to the City Campaign – 1 Day to go

10 06 2010

Urgent Press Statement

The Right to the City Campaign

Count Down

10 June 2010

Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape, 21 days ago launched it’s campaign ‘the right to the city campaign’ today the world and South Africans are counting few days before the kick off of the 2010 FiFa World cup, also Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape is counting few hours before kick starting it’s campaign.

Part of the aim of the campaign is to build shacks outside Green Point soccer stadium at Cape Town, occupying governmental offices, invading open public spaces within the city and occupying unused hotels, flats and schools within the City.

Tomorrow, the 11th June 2010 is the first day of our campaign, about 100 members of Abahlali baseMjondolo will meet at Cape Town next to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) at Keizerngracht Street at 10:00 from there we will proceed to where our protest is going to take place.

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Kennedy Road is Burning Again – The Fires Must Stop

9 07 2009

8 July 2009, 3:44 a.m.
Emergency Press Statement from Abahlali baseKennedy

Kennedy Road is Burning Again – The Fires Must Stop, the Settlements Must be Electrified Immediately

Our settlement is burning again. More than a hundred shacks have been lost. It’s too early to say if anyone has been hurt or killed in this fire.

The cause of the fire was, again, a paraffin stove which means that, in reality, the cause of the fire was again the eThekwini Municipality’s inhumane refusal to provide electricity to shack dwellers or to allow us to access electricity on our own. Read the rest of this entry »

AbM: Fire Devastates the Kennedy Road Settlement – At Least One Hundred Homes Destroyed

16 06 2009
16 June 2009
Press Statement from Abahlali baseKennedy

The Red Devil Must be Defeated

Today is the 16 June, Youth Day, the anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. In Johannesburg and Cape Town our comrades are struggling for the people to take this day back from the politicians.

Here at the Kennedy Road settlement we are burning, again. At about 1:30 last night a fire started after a paraffin stove was left unattended while a couple argued. Before it was put out around 100 shacks had burnt. At least 300 people have been left homeless. One woman has been very badly injured and has, only just now, been taken to hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Fire leaves thousands homeless

9 03 2009
By Natasha Prince and Murray Williams
March 09 2009 at 03:25PM
Source: Cape Argus

Cape Town – The scene at Joe Slovo informal settlement was one of devastation on Monday after the south-easter turned a small fire there into a raging inferno that razed 400 shacks and left about 1 600 people homeless.

The fire started at about 2.00am on the corner of the N2 and Vanguard Drive. Read the rest of this entry »

Photos: fire and art on the pavement

18 01 2009

Living on the pavement without electricity is tough. Fire is one of the most dangerous results of the lack of electricity. This fire on 3 January 2009 destroyed two shacks leaving two families homeless. We do not know how the fire started as both families were away for the New Years visiting relatives.

On 3 January, 2009, fire destroyed two shacks on Symphony Way, Delft, displacing four families.

While fire makes life tough, art becomes a form of beautification and political expression.  Many of Symphony Way’s hokkies (shacks) have various elements of written word and art – all of which relate to their community’s struggle against oppression.

Delft, Symphony Way shack sign painting.