2013’s bleak first week

Cape Town - The death toll from fires in informal settlements in the first week of the New Year in Cape Town has risen to seven – following a fresh round of blazes at the weekend.

One of three deaths at the weekend saw a victim of the massive blaze that hit Khayelitsha on New Year’s Day – which left 4 000 people homeless and killed four others - succumb to injuries. Two others died in weekend fires in Du Noon and Khayelitsha.

Sinalo Nomtebeyi, Noluvuyo Gwavu and Phumeza Yokwe look at the burnt-out shack in which Anele Mkele died Picture: David Ritchie. Credit: INLSA

More than 100 people were left destitute by the latest blazes, said Cape Town Disaster Risk Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons- Johannes.

Meanwhile, relief efforts to support those who lost everything in the fires continued across the city. A number of drop-off points have been set up for residents to leave donations.