Category Archives: fire

Politicians are ignoring shack fires – lobby group

The Citizen

The problem is ‘a lack of political will to give shack dwellers access to services and land’, with ‘hazards seen as tools for political point-scoring’.

Shack fires caused by unsafe heating methods are an unavoidable symptom of a greater social ill, a lobby group has said.

This as icy temperatures are expected to continue around the country.

Yesterday, at least one person died in Cape Town after fires spread through various informal settlements, and 40 shacks were destroyed in Johannesburg. But the yearly shack fire phenomenon was not merely about lack of access to electricity, according to shack dwellers’ lobby group Abahlali baseMjondolo. Continue reading

After A Devastating Fire, Teargas And Rubber Bullets At Foreman Road

The Daily Vox

Lizeka Maduna

On Thursday, police in Durban used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse an angry crowd of Foreman Road residents, who picketed in the streets after eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede failed to arrive for a meeting with the community.

Residents of the Foreman Road informal settlement in Durban were promised building materials and the chance to plan a way forward with the mayor after a devastating fire razed about 800 homes, killing a family of three, over the weekend. When the community learned the mayor had cancelled her visit to the area on Thursday, they blockaded Clare Road in Clare Estate in anger. Residents used the burnt corrugated iron from their shacks, dustbins and rubbish to block the road.     Continue reading

News24: eThekwini mayor at sports centre opening as community clashes with police


Kaveel Singh

Durban – eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede attended the opening of a sports centre while police and Foreman Road informal settlement community members clashed over promises she apparently made.

Gumede was at the opening of a sports centre in Waterloo near Verulam, north of Durban, while police and the community clashed after building material that the municipality promised, weren’t delivered.   Continue reading

News24: ‘Pieces of flesh were coming off their bodies’ – neighbour describes Foreman Road fire


Kaveel Singh

Mzimasi Nomvete was sound asleep when he smelt smoke and heard screams just metres from his home.

The 35-year-old resident of Foreman’s Road Settlement in Clare Estate, Durban, heard calls of “fire” early on Sunday morning, waking in a panic.

“People were screaming and saying ‘they are burning’. It was hard to realise what was happening. It happened so quickly.”  Continue reading

eThekwini Municipality Breaks Promises Once Again – Protest Currently Underway

November 16, 2017

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

eThekwini Municipality Breaks Promises Once Again – Protest Currently Underway

Three lives have now been lost to the fire that devastated the Foreman Road settlement in the early hours of Sunday morning leaving more than a thousand people homeless. On Monday the Municipality promised to provide the people who had been left homeless after with fire with building materials. They promised that the building materials would be provided on Thursday, which is today.  Continue reading