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Hundreds of families displaced as shacks burn

More than 200 households were left without shelter when a fire blaze hit Pomona Informal Settlement, outside Ekurhuleni, on Monday evening. The blaze is said to have been triggered by an unmonitored gas cylinder that exploded at 7pm. 

Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and COGTA Lebogang Maile made a firm commitment that the Gauteng government would provide support to the affected families with immediate effect. 

He further stated that the government would be working closely with Ekurhuleni Municipality and other relevant humanitarian relief bodies. 

“We are devastated by the effect of this fire, which has left a sizeable number of families without a roof over their heads. We commit to providing all the necessary support to the affected families, including temporary accommodation and food”, said Maile. 

MEC Maile also applauded Ekurhuleni Disaster Management and the municipality’s brave firefighters for responding swiftly to avoid more shacks being burnt down. The assistance civil society bodies provided to the affected families was also commended by the MEC, “The intervention by these civil society bodies gives meaningful expression to President Ramaphosa’s call for all South Africans to lend a hand.”

No fatalities were reported during the blaze.

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