More aid needed for Cleveland shack fire

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

More aid is needed for the 600 people who lost all their belongings in the massive fire that destroyed about 180 shacks in Cleveland, east Johannesburg.

I visited there Sunday morning and saw the magnificent efforts by DA ward councillor Alison van der Molen in co-ordinating aid efforts from NGOs, local businesses and people of goodwill.

There is still a great need for building materials and the following items:

  • Pots, dishes, spoons, cups, towels, buckets
  • Baby food and towelling nappies
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, laundry soap

Alison can be contacted at Tel: 083 441 9325. Donations can be dropped off at the Cleveland police station.

Assistance from official authorities is unfortunately woefully inadequate in this case and others.

The Gauteng Provincial Government needs an effective disaster management strategy for fires in formal settlements.

It is a great scandal that the ANC in Gauteng turned down my proposal last year for building materials to be provided for victims of shack fires, as happens in the Western Cape.

The DA will continue to push for prevention and assistance measures to deal with the on-going tragedy of shack fires.