Fire snuffs out festivities in Masiphumele informal settlement

Fire snuffs out festivities in Masiphumele informal settlement

- A fire has ripped through the Masiphumele informal settlement

- An estimated 1 000 homes have been destroyed and thousands have been affected by the inferno

- Cape Town's emergency services battled the blaze for hours as heavy winds made the situation worse

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So far the holidays have not been kind to Masiphumele informal settlement after a fire ripped through the community in Nordhoek.

The disaster took place on Thursday and Cape Town's emergency services spent hours battling the conflagration.

A rough estimate has revealed that around 1 000 homes have been damaged and destroyed by the fire.

Heavy winds made the work even harder for the firefighters who battled the raging inferno. Donations have been requested to help those affected rebuild their homes according to the Daily Maverick.

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Fire snuffs out festivities in Masiphumele informal settlement
Fire ripped through Masiphumele informal settlement destroying an estimated 1 000 homes. Photo credit: @MoniqueMortlock
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Helicopters were called in to aid in the firefighting operations.

The clear-up efforts have begun as people try to make sense of the devastation and look at rebuilding their lives again.

Earlier, reported thataA local Emergency service worker recently took to Facebook to share some advice with locals. In the post, he says that people should practice safety measures at all times during the festive season as he will be working.

Njabulo Buthelezi Alphios also shared a picture of himself looking handsome in his uniform while standing by the ambulance.

"For us there is no holidays, I’m proud to save South African lives this December. Stayers. Please take care and enjoy this festive season responsibly ❤️#Imstaying," he captioned the post.

Soon the post blew up, reaching over 16 000 likes. Many ladies also headed to the comment section to share romantic proposals with the handsome young man. Read a few of their funny comments below.

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In other news, South Africans woke up to life minus electricity after Eskom announced Stage 2 load-shedding following warnings of a constrained system.

The embattled power utility announced that the power cuts would run until 23:00 and continue on Sunday in a statement issued on Friday night:

"Eskom regrets to have to announce the implementation of Stage 2 loadshedding starting at 06:00 tomorrow. Load-shedding will be repeated on Sunday as the system is severely constrained."

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Source: Briefly News

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