The eThekwini Municipality will supply building material to assist over 200 residents of Kennedy Road Informal Settlement to rebuild their shacks. The residents were left destitute after a fire razed 157 shacks yesterday, Sunday, 03/11/13. Two people were treated for minor injuries.

Mayor James Nxumalo visited the area today and addressed residents who were busy clearing their sites and recovering their belongings. He was accompanied by Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Nigel Gumede, City Manager Sibusiso Sithole and Ward 25 Councillor Bhekisani Ngcobo.
“We are saddened and upset by this incident but we are happy that there was no loss of life. We are here to sympathise with you during this difficult time and in order for us to see where and how we can help you. We will provide you with building material so that you can rebuild your houses,” he said.
Nxumalo went on to explain that people should be patient with municipal processes and avoid being used by opportunistic people who push their own political agendas.
“We are here to assist our people and we will continue providing them with all the necessary support that they will need during this time. We will continue to give them food, blankets and shelter until the situation gets back to normal,” added Nxumalo.
The affected community members have been accommodated at a local community hall where they received food and blankets.
Gumede urged residents to cooperate with the local Councillor and the Ward Committee to ensure a fair distribution of building material and to rebuild their shacks in an orderly manner.

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Aphelele Ntumbu on 084 7103663 or email aphelele.ntumbu@durban.gov.za