Help for Msawawa fire victims

Pretoria: Officials from the Gauteng Provincial Government and City of Johannesburg are working with aid organisations to assist families displaced by a fire at the Msawawa informal settlement.

About 300 families were displaced on Wednesday after their shacks caught fire in the informal settlement, next to Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg.

Reports indicate that the fire started before midday in a nearby veld, which then spread to their homes.

No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

On Wednesday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo and City of Johannesburg Public Safety MMC Sello Lemao visited the area to assess the damage and coordinate relief efforts in the area.

Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management is working with the City of Johannesburg to bring relief to the residents who lost their homes.

"We have been saddened by this destruction and our hearts go out to the affected families. We are working with the City of Johannesburg to start with relief assistance which will include food, blankets, clothes and temporary shelter," said MEC Mamabolo.

He appealed to members of the public to join the relief programme and donate to the needy families who have lost their homes.

Non-profit organisation, Gift of the Givers, said it is preparing aid packages for the affected families.

Items required urgently, according to founder Imtiaz Sooliman, are blankets, new clothes, baby clothes, food, baby milk powder, bottled water, eating utensils, diapers and sanitary pads.

Those who want to contribute cash or their time should email or text 0832364029.

Banking details: Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg Branch, Account No. 052137228, Branch Code 057525.