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Dakota Informal Settlement Residents To Receive Building Materials

Date: 2023-04-17 15:02:51

Dakota Informal Settlement Residents To Receive Building Materials

17 APRIL 2023

EThekwini Municipality continues to fast track relief efforts to residents of Dakota informal settlement in Isiphingo following a fire on Saturday night, which left about 500 structures destroyed.

The distribution of building materials to the families will commence this week as soon as the process of profiling families is complete. 

Affected residents are currently housed in marquees erected near Dakota Beach while the site is being cleared. There, the families are being provided with meals and clean water. 

The Municipality is working with other spheres of government, business as well as humanitarian organisations to provide additional support. SASSA and Home Affairs officials are on site assisting with documentation lost in the fire. Health care and psycho-social services are provided to residents. Learners are being assisted with school uniforms by various stakeholders. 

Municipal fire-fighting teams worked for hours to extinguish the blaze on Saturday night. Despite their efforts being hampered by congestion in the settlement, they managed to save about 50 dwellings. Reports that the teams struggled with fire hydrants not having water are misleading and untrue. 


Issued by eThekwini Municipality