About Shack fires 

" Given the devastation caused , prevention is the ONLY solution "

" There are very few things more important than having a safe place to stay. However, for many shack dwellers, their homes are places to die due to fires that regularly destroy their lives, homes and belongings. Numerous reports of shack fires punctuate our newspapers and radio shows. Media consumers express temporary shock, debates abound, but sustainable solutions are in short supply." http://www.ngopulse.org 


For more info go to these links ;




An interesting Power point presentation to download : Busting Household Energy Myths in South Africa (903 Kb)

A masters student thesis on the study of shack fires :


By : TLOU DAISY RAPHELA ( Download 2.2 Mb )

The health impacts of fuel based lighting - a Lumina project study  ( Download 1.6 Mb )

Some further thoughts : " Solar power is the best solution to prevent shack fires,.. "  the DA Gauteng (news 24)

30 to 49 % of shack fires are attributed to candles


Click on the picture to watch how quickly a fire starts !  ( youtube link )

A few examples of reports of shack fires from the SABC news ;

Sanral eviction leaves Cape Town families homeless

Tuesday 3 June 2014 07:00

About 100 families in Lwandle near Strand in Cape Town have been left homeless after their shacks were demolished by a company allegedly contracted by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral). .........( in the grip of an icy cape town cold front .... e-tolls ? are you going to pay ? )

City of Cape Town assists fire victims

Friday 18 April 2014 17:13

The City of Cape Town says it's providing food parcels and building materials to more than 200 displaced people at the Imizamo Yethu Informal Settlement in Hout Bay.

Man dies from smoke inhalation

Sunday 13 April 2014 12:07

A man has died after eight shacks caught fire in the Zamimpilo informal settlement west of Johannesburg.

Cape Flats shack fire leaves scores homeless

Sunday 23 March 2014 12:55

About 50 people have been left homeless after a fire ravaged 11 informal structures in Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats in the early hours of Sunday morning. This comes after a shack fire claimed one life and displaced 16 people in Cross Roads on Saturday.

Shack fire leaves two minors dead

Saturday 29 March 2014 14:09

Two children have died in a shack fire, leaving them beyond recognition in Nancefield in Soweto, Johannesburg.

Residents, JMPD blame each other over Midrand shack fire

Tuesday 25 February 2014 20:25

Johannesburg Metro Police and residents of an informal settlement in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, are pointing fingers at each other over who started a fire that has destroyed about 200 shacks.

Khayelitsha shack fire brought under control

Sunday 2 February 2014 17:24

A shack fire in Khayelitsha's Taiwan Informal Settlement on the Cape Flats has been brought under control.

Two killed in Cape shack fires

Thursday 2 January 2014 11:31

Two men have been killed in two separate shack fires in the Cape Peninsula overnight.

120 more building kits handed out to Cape Town fire victims

Sunday 29 December 2013 14:09

The City of Cape Town has handed out an additional 120 building kits to Agstelaan residents in Valhalla Park who were affected by a fire in the area on Monday.

Fire disaster in Cape Town

Sunday 22 December 2013 14:05

Cape Town fires leave scores homeless

Thursday 19 December 2013 11:15

Cape Town fires leave many homeless and displaced.

A seven year-old boy has died after a fire destroyed two shacks at Delft outside Cape Town.

Cape Flats fire leaves scores homeless

Wednesday 11 December 2013 05:30

About 400 people have been left homeless after a fire destroyed their dwellings at Kosovo informal settlement at Phillipi on the Cape Flats Tuesday night.

40 Roodepoort shacks gutted by fire

Friday 6 September 2013 06:36

A total of 40 shacks were gutted by fire on Friday morning at the Rugby Club informal settlement in Roodepoort, Johannesburg emergency services said.

Shack dwellers lose their belongings in a fire

Sunday 3 November 2013 16:32

Two hundred people have been displaced after their shacks caught fire in Gugulethu and Strand in the Western Cape.

Scores of families left homesless by fire

Sunday 13 October 2013 18:06

Scores of families have been left homeless at Disteneng informal settlement by a shack fire.

Fire leaves hundreds homeless in PE

Sunday 13 October 2013 07:08

More than 100 people in Port Elizabeth have been left homeless after their shacks were gutted in a fire.

Cape shack fires claim 2 lives

Saturday 5 October 2013 11:00

Two women have died in two separate shack fires outside Cape Town early Saturday morning.








































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