Kya Sands residents plead with Gov for help

“I have lost my ID and other important documents and my plea to Government is to help”

Frustrated-looking residents of Msawawa informal settlement in Kya Sands, could on Thursday be seen trying to salvage the little that was left from the raging fire which ripped through the area on Wednesday afternoon, leaving more than 100 people displaced.

During a visit to the area by The Citizen news team just after lunchtime, many could be seen picking up pots with ashes, while others were given food from Gift of the Givers.

Officials from several provincial government departments in Gauteng were also on site. One of the residents who was at work at the time of the fire, Moses Mashaba said he was forced to take a day off from work.

“When I came back from work on Wednesday, I found my shack burnt to the ground.

“I have lost my ID and other important documents and my plea to Government is to help all us as a matter of urgency,” Mashaba added.

Meanwhile spokesperson for the Johannesburg emergency services, Nana Radebe said said a meeting between officials from Human Settlements and Social Developments and other important stakeholders took place on Thursday morning, to find out as to who will be donating what to those affected by Wednesday’s raging fire.

Accoording to Gift of the Givers, it is alleged that an explosion from a gas tank might have caused the fire. Gift of the Givers teams have been on site since the incident occurred.

Picture: Steven Tau

Picture: Steven Tau


“Blankets and food were handed out by our teams last night (Wed).  We have total cooperation from the MEC of Human Settlement in Gauteng and the City Disaster Management, and Gift of the Givers has set up a facility from where all assistance will be facilitated in a controlled, organized manner,” the organisation said.


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