PRESS STATEMENT
 
03/12/2019
 
For Immediate Release
 
Re: Disater Management Responds To Kenville Informal Settlement Shack Fires.
 
The Municipality’s Disaster Management staff have responded to an informal settlement fire in Gumtree Road, Kenville, Ward 34 which started at about lunch-time on Tuesday 03 December 2019. The Fire and Emergency Services extinguished the fire which was fanned by the strong winds, causing rapid fire spread. They estimated 150 structures and 200 people affected. Disaster Management are currently undertaking an assessment of the situation.
 
At the time of this release approximately 150 shacks have been reported to be affected. However no cases of casualties or fatalities have been reported.
 
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
 
Temporary shelter is being secured and procedures are in place to assist the affected persons.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the Municipality’s Communication Unit For more information contact eThekwini Municipality’s Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela, 031 311 4820/18.