According to City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Sanitation, Zahid Badrooidien, 12 fire engines are currently on the scene. Four water tankers are also being utilised. Law Enforcement and Traffic Services are in the area working with firefighters attempting to save lives and homes.
The City of Cape Town has activated its full disaster and rescue management team. A fire broke out early on Saturday evening in the Joe Slovo formal settlement of Langa. Within minutes, the blaze engulfed several shacks and quickly began to spread.
The fire was reported to City Fire and Rescue Services just before 6PM. According to aid group Gift of The Givers, it’s estimated that over 100 structures have burnt out.
The group says it has already been inundated with calls from members of the Langa community. It plans to enter the area with support as soon as the fire is brought under control.